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is there a name for adjectives that end in -ive formed from verbs?

Examples include 'declarative', 'manipulative', 'accusative'. Is there a name for these adjectives that describe something of or related to their base verb?
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Please help me. Compare these two sentences (A) and (B) and give me your comments, please [on hold]

(A) Moreover, some members of agricultural societies were now free to engage in pursuits other than food gathering, resulting in a more elaborate social structure with a division of labor allowing ...
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What are demeaning foods to call people? [on hold]

I was debating someone recently, and he started rejecting my view point entirely. He started referring to me as "cupcake", an attempt to insult me, I'm sure. I don't quite understand why, because ...
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'Expect to' as an expression of excitement?

In a recent test we asked students to write a sentence expressing their excitement at a future activity. We gave an example sentence using 'looking forward to'. One student wrote "I'm expecting to ...
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23 views

to become, becoming [migrated]

My dream was to become a scientist. My dream was becoming a scientist. Which one is correct? or Do you have any idea to make it sound natural?
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Ellipsis and Parentheses

Due to the high density of questions related to the use of the ellipsis (...), I am not sure whether my question has already been adequately answered or not. However, in my research, I haven't found ...
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46 views

Talking over the phone for the first time [on hold]

I will have an interview in English over the phone, and I am preparing for it. What I'm wondering is what will be the best way to greet the interviewer? "Hell, my name is ______. It is nice to talk to ...
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Does Java Mean Sunrise in Some Language [on hold]

I knew that java is a type of coffee, however, a friend told me that java means sunrise in another language. This was in regards to the origins or the Java programming language. I know that the logo ...
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I have an interview in English [on hold]

I am Chinese and I have an interview in English over the phone. Just what I am wondering is what I'd better call the interviewer? The interviewer is female in her early 30's. Do you think calling ...
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What takes predominance when writing MLA citations: literal source title or obvious grammar rules?

I am writing MLA citations for a paper and I encountered an issue. The title of one of my sources has no uppercase letters, although in normal grammar situations it should, regardless of the fact that ...
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Correct usage of self-proclaimed and self-described? [on hold]

What is the correct usage of self-proclaimed and self-described? Is it "self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie" or "self-described adrenaline junkie"
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Plural after then [migrated]

Which of the following is correct? washed his right then left hand washed his right then left hands
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Which is more certain - “sure” or “confident”?

My friend and I have an ongoing debate over which word communicates a stronger sense of conviction. For example, when I'm 98% positive of something I often say "I am confident that's how it happened, ...
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The meaning of “make it into”

Explain me please the meaning of the phrase in next context: Bleeding edge technology is a category of technologies so new that they could have a high risk of being unreliable and lead adopters to ...
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How polite is “all” as an email address? [on hold]

I work in a Dutch international company, with English being the official language. I often see my colleagues starting an email with plain "all" as in: All, Attached the agenda for the meeting ...
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What is a gender-neutral way of saying “middle-man”?

As per the title, I'm looking for an alternative phrasing for "middle-man" without the gender connotations.
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To be X (skinny) to hit the target [on hold]

How can we say to be skinny/small/sharpened/x to hit the target? I want to say my work is tailored/precise/x enough to do the job [prepare the cv to get the interview, bake the cake to win the ...
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18 views

presented or given? [on hold]

What would be the appropriate text to put on the back of a plate (wedding gift), presented by (names) or given by (names) or gift from (names) or something else? (American English) I already looked ...
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Single word meaning one who searches [on hold]

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning."
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28 views

Topics: “leisure” and the “Holocaust” discussed with differing pronunciations. [on hold]

The radio topic is leisure. The interviewee, pronounces the word to rhyme with pleasure, [leh-zhure] The interviewer pronounces the word as it is usually pronounced in the U.S., [lee-zhure] Last ...
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46 views

Position of “still”

I wonder which once is correct: He might still be waiting for you. or He might be still waiting for you. Do they mean the same?
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Negation with 'such as'

I want a foo that doesn't bar, such as a baz. Is baz referring to a foo that does bar, or a foo that does not bar?
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Well vs good…proper vs conversational [duplicate]

Proper answer friendly greeting, "How are you?" I am "well" or I am "good" "I am well" sounds like I'm saying I'm not sick. "I'm good," or "good" accompanied by a friendly nod sounds much better.
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Adverbial clauses or Gerunds! Which one is this?

In my King James Bible, I have found some words which look like Gerunds but they really are not, or at least they don't make sense when they get turned into nouns. Take a look at these examples: ...
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The use of prepositions plus “which” [migrated]

How to use "in which", "by which", "of which", "on which", and "for which"? What are the differences among those? Are there any other combinations of preposition and the word "which"? I have ...
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24 views

Which of these is grammatically correct? [on hold]

"Stop smoking until it's too late" Or "Stop smoking before it's too late"
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small question about the or a

I and my wife are debating which way is correct when using the or a in our example. We are talking about a gender of our first baby. I prefer using: a gender of the baby is a boy. However, she ...
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Looking for a phrase to replace “it is noteworthy”

I am looking for a phrase to interchangeably use with "it is noteworthy that" or "it is critical to note that". The phrase will be used in a math paper to grab the attention of readers at specific ...
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40 views

Does I'll replace I will? [duplicate]

I can say "I will go", or "I'll go", and the both mean the same thing. However, if you ask me "Can you go?", can I respond with "I'll" instead of "I will"?
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Had done / had been doing

I had been eating before I visited you. I had eaten before I visited you. How do you know when to use either of them?
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Is there a term for constructions like “he/she”, “his/her”, “yes/no”, etc

I'm referring to a construction in a text where two options are provided, of which only one will be valid in practice. For example: The user has the option to choose his/her own avatar.
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A word for an inescapable and pointless situation?

I've heard this word used before but I can't remember it! I've heard it used to describe wars like Iraq and Vietnam. Something you can't escape easily and is causing large problems, like a pit? Here ...
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How should I understand this sentence grammatically? [migrated]

The sentence is, "She is as tall as I am." I'm having trouble with the "as ... as ..." structure. I understand that the second "as" is a preposition followed by a noun clause. My guess is that the ...
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2answers
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contemptuous of vs contemptuous to

Which of the following sentences is grammatically right? I am contemptuous of my History teacher. I am contemptuous to my History teacher.
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I need help with this one -> [on hold]

This one is tough : a^2 + ab = 4c - a bc + ab = b^2 + 2ac - 5 c^2 + ac = ab + bc + 6c a = ?, b = ?, c = ? a < b < c, a > 0 I tried but I couldn't. :(
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I'm putting together a flyer in english [on hold]

which one is correct: Lunch in our office or Lunch at our office? Thank you.
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What do you call the player who's scored most goals in a soccer (BrEng ‘football’) championship?

I tried translating from Portuguese (artilheiro), but only got words related to war like: gunner, artillery man, etc.
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Is this a proper use of “diagnostician”?

Just a touch of background, this is for a button label in a piece of software. A user presses the button in order to choose the type/specialty of the health care provider that diagnosed them with an ...
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Examples & explanation using Need as verb, adverb, adjective and noun [on hold]

When to use Need as a non, a verb, an adjective and adverb and why?
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Symbolism in the crucible [on hold]

Is there any use of symbolism with props/objects in the crucible? For example, In Parris' house where the upstairs bedroom contains only a narrow window, which is symbolic of the narrowness of Puritan ...
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Usage of “representation” in the sense of being part of a group

Is the following sentence correct and clear? "Elite universities in England are under constant scrutiny because of the low representation of certain population groups, particularly state-school ...
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What is the grammatical structure in the sentence?'Sunshine can make even a sandwich twice the meal it is indoors.'

I am looking for the explanation of the structure 'make something twice, three times etc it is'. Could it be a special comparison structure? Thank you.
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Why do Austrailians use full stops after titles like Mr and Mrs? [duplicate]

Why do Australians use periods or full stops after Mr and Mrs?
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What differences are there between “impact,” “effect,” “consequence,” and “reaction”? [on hold]

When the volcano erupted, the___of the explosion was such that thounsands of trees fell down a.impact b.effect c.consequence d.reaction
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the meaning of 'times': multiplication or addition/subtraction

Judy can jump rope 50 times. Bill can jump rope 150 times. He can jump rope 3 times more than Judy does. In the last sentence, 'times' means 'multiplication'. I wonder if this following sentence is ...
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Using past tense when talking about future possibility

There is a dialogue between a customer and a sales assitant in a shop that rents bycicles. The customer is basically told that there will be a steep fine if the rented bycicle is returned late, to ...
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The difference between ''come of '' and.'' come from'' [on hold]

He came of a rich family. He came from a rich family . Which one is correct and why?
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Origins of the word “mom” and “mother”

Apologies in advance for this question being only indirectly related to the English language, but I find it fascinating. I note with interest that the English words "mother" and "mama" have similar ...
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Use of that and to the point that

Am I using the that clause in this sentence properly? "Watching just the first episode of the anime will surely get you hooked that you would want to marathon the whole series in a day." Or ...
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“dimension less than 8” or “less than 8 dimensions”?

This question is midway among English and mathematics, meaning that it requires acquaintance with both, but since I am interested in the correct English way to say something, I ask it here. Is it ...

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