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Which word should come first in a noun phrase, the ordinal adjective or the numeral? [duplicate]

Should one say 'the first 13 colonies on the planet Pelaton' or 'the 13 first colonies on the planet Pelaton'?
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How to use the word alive as an adjective in a sentence? [closed]

Example: She returned from spiritual retreat "vividly" (OR FULL OF LIFE) Is alive a postpositive adjective? If I want to say: She returned from spiritual retreat "ALIVELY" (...
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Is it sometimes grammatically correct to put a word like "visually" before an adjective-adverb combination like "more distinct"?

Could the following sentence be considered correct when comparing two or more subjects? It's visually more distinct. I'm aware that you can rewrite the sentence like this: It's, visually, more ...
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Why do we say "narrow artificial intelligence" but "artificial general intelligence"?

When discussing artificial intelligence, we often distinguish between "narrow artificial intelligence" and "artificial general intelligence". Why does the word "artificial&...
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Why are English tense names backward (adjective after noun)? [duplicate]

The adjectives in English tense names to often be postpositive adjective: present continuous/progressive/perfect(ive). Simple is used rather sloppily by different authorities, varying in either being ...
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Can anyone help me identifying the type of adjective in the following sentence? [closed]

"He is a beautiful boy." I know that if an adjective is used before the noun, it is known as attributive, but here he is a pronoun and the adjective is used after the verb is. It's a little ...
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Is it ok to place "better" like this?

Can these two sentence be considered as having the same meaning? Also, is there any grammatical error in the latter one? Because he's keeping an eye on his dark side, he's better able to keep it in ...
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Long sentence between "make" and adjective

Consider the text below, which is an attempt of translation from Italian. This is needed in order to make all the editorial processes the manuscript will undergo transparent. The boldface words show ...
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The word "ornamental" : is it an opinion adjective, a purpose adjective, or part of a compound noun here?

Upon reviewing my notes on the order of adjectives, I saw that "ornamental" was listed as an opinion adjective. However, wouldn't ornamental be a "purpose" or "type" ...
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What’s grammatically incorrect in the phrase, “create the most impact the quickest?’

The entire sentence reads, Choose a specific process that would create the most impact the quickest. In other words, the resulting impact occurs more rapidly and more powerfully than that caused by ...
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Succinct description of where water meets land?

Assuming that "a water's edge" marginally connotes land, too: would it be correct English if "a water's edge" were joined by an adjective describing the nature of the land? (...
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Is only vs only is [duplicate]

Which one is correct usage of "only" and difference between the following sentences what is point of living if it is only a stuggle. what is point of living if it only is a struggle.
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The city the closest to Istanbul

I see some examples with adjectives taking place after nouns they define like I want to go to a city close to Istanbul Have you ever had a friend kind to you? But what about their -st or -most(...
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Which of these two sentences is grammatically correct ? (cotton Korean blouse vs Korean cotton blouse) [duplicate]

Which of these two sentences is grammatically correct and why? nice blue cotton Korean blouse nice blue Korean cotton blouse I picked number 1 but it seems number 2 is correct, I would like to know ...
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OSASCOMP soft warm or warm soft? Does NOSACSCOMP offer the needed guidance?

Winter continues to chill us in Colorado. I enjoy lounging in my warm, soft sleep pants. Or are they soft and warm? I couldn't figure out which OSASCOMP category warm belongs in. To me, soft seems ...
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Is "indifferent" a postpositive adjective in "leaves no one indifferent"?

Does this sentence contain a postpositive adjective? It leaves no one indifferent I thought "indifferent" here is a postpositive adjective. Am I right?
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Ending a sentence with verb and adjective

What's the term for a sentence that ends with a verb and adjective like the example below? Note that I'm not trying to modify the verb, which would necessitate an adverb, but the subject. Is this a ...
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How would you say a person has made a choice out of being of noble character?

Let us say a person is noble/of noble character/noble-hearted. As in, he isn't a person of a social rank of nobility, but rather is a good, selfless person. I'd like to say that this person has done a ...
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Is it "First thought of" or "Thought of first"?

I came across a social media caption in which it says "This is what he thought of first". I want to ask if this is correct because what I have seen and think the correct way to say it is &...
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"Two additional days" but "an additional two weeks" [closed]

[Google ngrams] I'd like to know what are the grammatical differences between both structures, as well as one or the other predominates for days and weeks.
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Order of adjectives: same category

I teach English, and regularly introduce students to "OSASCOMP", the mnemonic to help them with the "royal order of adjectives". This is fine, for adjectives in the categories described by this rule (...
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Position of 'necesssary'

I have the following sentence: "Method A makes on average 14 corrections of the schedule necessary for one simulated day" I am wondering if the position of 'necessary' is correct. An alternative ...
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weight in Opinion-Size-Age-Shape-Colour-Material-Origin-Purpose

Here's a related question where this came up. I made an assumption in my answer that I want to bring to discussion. I know the rule for adjective order: Opinion Size Age Shape Colour ...
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Correct position of adjective?

I'm confused with these 3 sentences for the adjective 'responsible' The police seem certain they will find the people responsible for the attack. The police seem certain they will find the ...
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Adjective-position in movies titles

Why is it "Mission Impossible" not "Impossible Mission" and so in "The Lion King", why not "The King Lion", and so on? I'm not a native English speaker.
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"Germany's" or "German" Ministry of Defence? [duplicate]

What are the rules for referring to a ministry (or any other department, organisation, etc) of a specific country? I found both on Google. Are the US and UK exceptions (as it's the US Ministry of ...
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Can a verb be followed by an adjective?

I see this sentence "In order to explore this city unencumbered, I left my luggage at the station" Why is an adjective "unencumbered" used here? I think it should be changed into "uncencumberedly" ...
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Is there a word for near the tip of an object?

I am designing a device with two similar components close to its tip, see below. I need some descriptors to tell the two components apart. What would be the best words to describe the positions? ...
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"British female students" or "female British students"?

Which is more correct between "British female students" and "female British students"? I have found examples of both - even the Daily Mail renders it both ways.
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Is it right to say 'a bright cold day'?

Is it right to say ‘a bright cold day’ in English? Is the order of adjectives right while saying so? Source: Nineteen Eighty-Four by G. Orwell
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One word to describe "On the left" or "On the right" like in Above and Below

As in the title, It would be handy if there were equivalents of Above and Below for 'On the left' and 'On the right', I'm wondering why there aren't ?
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Does the order of adjectives, "fresh" and "fried", affect meaning? [closed]

Fresh fried fish Fried fresh fish Fish fried fresh Fish fresh fried Fried fish fresh What's the difference between the ways of writing the same idea above? What are the ...
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Meaning behind "Only" position? how to use "only" properly? [duplicate]

only I eat an apple I only eat an apple I eat only an apple I eat an apple only 3 and 4 sentence are more confusing.., both are same?? please help me guys
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Adjective position [closed]

1.Mathematics teacher 2.Mathematic teacher 3.Teacher in mathematics Which one is grammatically correct ?
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What is the difference of meaning between "a bigger size" and "a size bigger"?

I read the two forms. I learned that the adjective is before the noun but I guess that there are some exceptions. Is there a difference in meaning?
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Why is "A Nation Divided" in this headline instead of "A Divided Nation"?

I wonder why "A Nation Divided" is in this headline instead of "A Divided Nation". To me, from how I am taught, isn't an adjective supposed to go before the noun? I am not a native speaker.
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Iced Grande Latte or Grande Iced Latte

I want to order a Grande-sized cup of iced latte. Should I order "Iced Grande Latte" or "Grande Iced Latte" ? I looked up for adjective order. The first result from Google says Quantity or number ...
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"Infamous" for an event

I read this sentence on BBC News, He was among those beaten by police during the infamous Selma-Montgomery voting rights march of 1965. link: http://archive.is/Wlslv#selection-1355.147-1355.192 ...
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When do attributive adjectives follow nouns and pronouns?

In the examples below, "big" and "better" are adjectives following a noun and a pronoun (respectively) that they qualify: The couple were shopping for a house big enough for their 42 children. I don'...
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What kind of adjective is the word 'ALONE'

I am quite new to the idea or postpositive adjectives, and would like to know if the adjective 'alone'(which is usually predicative) can be placed in that position. e.g. - I alone cannot change ...
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"the prince’s late mother’s iconic image" [closed]

I read the following from the Vanity Fair: Nearly a quarter century after Princess Diana famously sat on a bench now named after her, William and Kate re-enacted the prince’s late mother’s iconic ...
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Is "something red" an example of ellipsis or adjectival positioning

I want to better understand why the construction something + [adjective] makes grammatical sense. Background: I was recently reading a Washington Post article and came across the following sentence. ...
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Order of adjectives: why is "This is a hot, tasty, Indian curry." wrong? [duplicate]

It seems that the correct form is "This is a tasty, hot, Indian curry." I don't understand why you cant reorder "tasty" and "hot". It seems to me that they both reflect the gustatory sensation of ...
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Is this misplaced adjective ok, even though it is technically incorrect?

I am writing a technical how-to manual on a hardware/software system, and I've written the following phrase: "To avoid taking up unnecessary storage space on your computer, ..." Looking back at it,...
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the official responsible, the responsible official [duplicate]

EU legislation is full of 'responsible officials' and 'responsible persons', 'responsible authorities' and the like (e.g.'at least one responsible person must be resident in Estonia' 'a responsible ...
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Green color or color green? [closed]

Can I replace all of the bold text with color green? I don't know when should I use green color and when color green. I have my wall painted in green color and it is generally believed that ...
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*free of charge* used with other adjectives and a noun

Do you write or say other adjectives before or after the adjective free of charge used together with a noun? Is it better to put other adjectives before or after free of charge? Do you put an ...
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When to use this construction: so Adjective a Noun

In "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene, Mr Fowler says: I watched her closely while she asked how I was and touched my splinted leg and gave me her shoulder to lean on, as though one could lean ...
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Why do we call it "gum arabic" and not "arabic gum"?

Not in use so much these days, "gum arabic" can still be found for sale in small bottles. Is there a reason why it is called "gum arabic" and not "arabic gum"? Gum Arabic - Gum arabic, also known ...
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"Dance macabre" or "macabre dance"

The role is the kind of high-wire dare certain types of actors and directors cannot resist. T. Scott Cunningham, who has created a number of lovable losers onstage in the last decade, lets the ...
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