Questions tagged [adjectives]

Adjectives are just one of several different types of noun modifiers, typically used to premodify or describe a noun. Do not confuse adjectives with nouns used attributively to modify other nouns. Adjectives have comparative and superlative degrees, can be used as predicate adjectives in copulae, and can themselves be modified by intensifiers and adverbs but not by other adjectives. Nouns in attribution fail all those tests.

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Can "rightly" be used as an adjective? [closed]

I am writing an essay for school and I would like to hear opinions on the matter. The context is, "...we can therefore infer that stereotypes are seen by the general consensus in a negative light....
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With two-part adjectives, why do some have the -ing ending while others -ed? [closed]

The examples I can think of are long-lived and not long-living but fast-moving and not fast-moved.
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A question about coordinate adjectives

I have seen that coordinate adjectives work independently from each other, belong to the same category, and can be separated with commas or the conjunction "and" and still sound normal even ...
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Is there a difference between the adverbs “Melancholily” and “Melancholically”?

Melancholia is an old and quite beautiful word which describes a depressed state. It was used as a noun in the same way that “depression” is currently used - and in the medical field was a diagnosis ...
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Modification of adjectives

In a phrase like “the big wood piece” I know big modifies the nominal “wood piece”, but what would happen if it’s written differently? In phrases like “big piece of wood” or “best time of my life” do ...
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What one-syllable adjectives can take "more" as comparative?

I teach ESL. My job is to stop people saying "more big" instead of "bigger". "Fun", as noted on this site, is an exception, I think because the noun, meaning "...
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Can "Started" be used as an adjective?

My started picture Does it sound correct if I'm talking about a picture that I started drawing but haven't finished yet? Can the word "started" be used as an adjective?
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Can the noun eyewitness be used properly without a preceding article?

Today I was writing an email calling somebody "eyewitness to" some event, but it was marked as incorrect and it was suggested I precede it with an article; i.e. an eyewitness, instead. But ...
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Is "99.9% of the X community is degenerate" grammatical? [duplicate]

In all honesty, this is a bit of a dumb question. So I recently had a conversation about a video game and my friend said "99.9% of the League community is degenerate." I told him that it's ...
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Article the is an adverb or an adjective [migrated]

I read an article that states that the definite article "the" is an adjective before nouns (the ball) and is an adverb before superlative adjective (the best player) what its type (part of ...
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Is there a better way to say someone is "great at painting landscapes/portraits" [closed]

I would like to be able to praise someone for their paintings but am entirely lacking in the necessary vocabulary. I would welcome some pointers.
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What is the word for people who have similar interests? [closed]

I remember seeing a word somewhere that I didn't know, and when I searched it up it gave me a definition along the lines of "those who share similar interests" but I can't recall the word. ...
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Speak low/lowly

Speak very low. Speak very lowly. Research: Low can, according to Oxford dictionary, mean low sound, low in height, or maybe "low in importance". Lowly, according to Oxford dictionary, ...
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Adjective for something that inspires or originally motivates something else

I am preparing a slide show and would like to title one slide as follows: [technology1]'s [adjective] idea which should mean something like The idea behind [technology1] or The idea that originally ...
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Do we need the comma after 'following' here? "The following, concise descriptions of..." [closed]

My intuition is telling me that there should be no comma after 'following' in the sentence "The following, concise descriptions of...", however, I am not sure. I have never really considered ...
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Is it correct to say 'a four doored car'?

If I describe a motor car as a 'four door car' I am making 'door' an adjective. It forms a compound adjective with the word 'four' and it adjectivally describes an attribute of the car, and is ...
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What word describes a word that is invented ad-hoc based on popular culture?

I sometimes hear people use ad-hoc invented adjectives which are based on a cultural reference; a sort of fabricated synonym. What are these words called? For example: “Cesar-esque” to describe ...
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How can I describe something that is easy to improve?

Say I have a person who is fond of change/prone to progress or a technology that is designed to be easily changed and improved. What is an adjective I can use to describe both or either one of them? I ...
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checkmated as adjective [duplicate]

Is the adjective "checkmated" used? Although it does not appear in the Cambridge dictionary or Merriam-Webster, if... Person-A checkmates Person-B Consequently: Person-B is checkmated! Is ...
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Counting state of an object or person

Is it natural to use an article to specify the state of an object or person? Or alternatively, is this structure not suitable? For example, see the following sentence. An unconscious Michael Jackson ...
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How to describe someone who gives to others but takes from closest ones?

I am looking for a term that would fit the following 2 descriptions at the same time even though they sound opposite: Someone who gives and helps others, not for looks but because it makes them feel ...
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Position > Positional & Inertia > Inertial, so what about speed/velocity?

Is there any word to indicate a relation to/dependence on speed or velocity such as position > positional and inertia > inertial?
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Adjective to describe object that has connections between its elements [closed]

Example: a social network is [...] as users are connected by their friendships. I could think of a social network is connected but it sounds like the social networks connect to each other.
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Compound noun or compound adjective?

The Six-o'clock-in-the-Evening-Enthusiastic-Determined-and-Well-Intentioned-Studier-Until-Midnight is a person with whom you are probably already familiar. I found this sentence in a book, and I am ...
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Does the word "concurrent" imply only two conditions?

If I wanted to imply that at any given time I'm managing many projects of different durations that overlap, is it redundant to say "I manage multiple concurrent projects"? Does "...
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A word to describe an industry where personal growth depends on insider knowledge

I am trying to come up with a word that describes an industry where your growth as a professional depends on learning from others, not from books or research. Example: It's difficult for young people ...
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can we use preposition "by" with past participles used as adjectives to give similar meaning of preposition "by" used with passive voice sentences?

I know that in passive voice sentences, "by" can be used to imply one making the action. For instance, He was attacked by a lion. A lion attacked him so "by" shows the one making ...
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What are the comparative/superlative forms of the adjective "well," meaning "in good health"?

If I can say, "He is well," meaning, "He is in good health," how do I express that he's in better health, or that he's in the best health ever? "He's weller"? "He's ...
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What is the difference between "bustling," "vibrant," and "lively"? [closed]

Part of my homework for a class was to describe the type of city I would like to live in. Just so that you don't think I'm completely unimaginative when it comes to description, this was not for a ...
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She ended up (being??) a rich woman

Somehow they all ended up at my house. ("end up" + prepositional phrase) Well, grades ended up to be unimportant after all as my first job after graduating ended up in a private school with ...
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What is being modified in a phrase like rock hard or water resistant?

“The water-resistant shoes are great for rainy days.” “The table is rock hard.” In these sentences, I know “water resistant” modifies shoes and rock hard modifies table. Does “hard” modify “rock” and ...
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Do these sentence have adjective of verb 3 instead of passive simple present tense (buried, closed, defeated, published)?

Most of my family are buried near my home. The case is dismissed. I am defeated. Nothing left to look forward to and nothing left to hold on to. Your first question is published. What I have realized ...
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how can an adjective function as an adverb

Yet because the immediate effect of the medicine is to make the patient feel rapidly better and she is not told what might happen later,she goes home happy. In the last half of this sentence ,the “...
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Hyphen and en dash usage in adjectives such as "human–animal"

I noticed a possible editorial error in Nature magazine concerning this. These two headlines here and here use en dashes and hyphens for the adjectives "human–animal" and "human-animal&...
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two objects are/are of/have the same length [duplicate]

Is one form of this sense more correct than another? Two objects are the same length. Two objects are of the same length. Two objects have the same length.
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A word that means "based on sound and not-arbitrary principles"

I am describing a new experimental method in a research paper, which has the benefit that all of the input parameters are not arbitrary and are instead determined using basic principles from the ...
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Why are comparative adjectives used here, with the definite article? "...a hatred, the deeper for being concealed..."

In this sentence, the article 'the' precedes several comparative adjectives: 'deeper', 'bitter', 'greater', and 'stronger'. Now, for context, this sentence is the beginning of a text, and the ...
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What is an English adjective describing properties related to the content

Is there any single-word adjective that emphasizes the property is related to the content opposed to the properties that are related to the container? I have seen the word contentual which does not ...
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Is America (grammatically) a "constitutional federal republic" or a "federal constitutional republic"?

Grammarly says the adjective federal goes before constitutional, but I'm not sure what type of adjectives federal and constitutional are. Here's what they said: It appears that the modifiers in the ...
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Adjective meaning 'attempting to draw sordid or lurid information out of someone'

I was speaking with a friend today who is a policeman. I asked him how his week had been and he replied "I don't have any good stories for you this week". I wanted to say: "I'm not ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who dislikes incompetence? [closed]

I'm looking for a word or words to describe a person who dislikes incompetence (when someone can't do a job successfully), or those they deem ineffective in their work. It would also especially irk ...
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"The received size" vs "The size of the received data"? [closed]

I know The size of the received data is a correct phrase. I just wonder: Can I use the shorter and concise form: The received size? Is it grammatically correct? Will a native speaker think it natural?
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Passive voice non-existent in the active

III. Passive, to be concerned. This occurs in some senses which are non-existent or obsolete in the active; in other senses it is much more used than the active. https://www.oed.com/oed2/00046215 Are ...
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Can you say "bald hill" to mean a hill that has no trees on it? [closed]

I am translating from Russian to English, and came across the phrase "На краю долины на вершине лысого холма стоит [...]" - trying to describe a hill at the edge of a valley. I've never ...
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What are alternative words (or phrases) for "non-platonic/romantic/sexual", described those sorts of (or sides of) relationships? [closed]

Sometimes we want to specify that a relationship is not platonic, but rather romantic and/or sexual. At other times we want to refer to that aspect of a relationship. What are some others words or ...
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How can I highlight the significance the last item in my list of examples?

I am in the middle of writing a paper, and I want to highlight the importance of "learning" in the following sentence. Nowadays, we use our mobile phones for different purposes: ...
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Is it ok to use convicted as an adjective in this sense?

The word "convicted" is generally used as the following: "A convicted criminal" "He was convicted" However, I wanted to show that someone did something with conviction,...
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What is the corresponding adjective derived from the verb "misuse"? [closed]

From the word abuse we can derive the adjective abusive by adding the suffix -ive. Can we form an adjective starting from misuse? If so, what is the adjectival form of the word misuse? Is it misusive? ...
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Are adjectives and adverbs just collapsed version of adjuncts?

Modifiers for verbs/ nouns can come in 3 main types: adjectives, adverbs & adjuncts. These all provide specific details about corresponding noun/ verbs e.g: Manner, means (instrumental) - with, ...
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What is an adjective to describe something that is aware of its surroundings?

I am looking for an adjective to describe an organization that does not only sense what is happening within itself (its own data) but is also aware of the (external) environment. One could say that ...

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