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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 by modified by intensifiers and adverbs but not by other adjectives. Nouns in attribution fail all those tests.

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In the form of a human being or in the a form of a human being? [on hold]

What is correct? 'In the form of a human being' or 'in a form of a human being'?
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Term or phrase that encompasses both top-down and bottom-up

When neither a top-down approach nor a bottom-up approach works, exclusively of each other, how might I succinctly label an approach that encompasses both top-down and bottom-up?
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What adjectives can describe the voices of these reciters? [on hold]

I want an adjective for each of the voices of these Quran reciters (click to listen): 1) Abdullah Al-Juhani 2) Yasser Al-Dosari 3) Bander Baleela 4) Idris Abkar 5) Abdullah Basfer Objective or ...
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(Adj) Word for “Related to the content” of media, rather than related to the medium

I'm talking about the different problems related to the experience of watching lecture videos. Certain problems such as video resolution or audio quality are technological. Other problems are related ...
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Term or Title That Embraces the Juxtaposition of Work and Fun

I'm looking for a clever way to describe someone who likes to be positive and have fun but who is also serious about getting work done. The phrase "work hard, play hard" comes to mind, but I'm not ...
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Using verbs with the word rampant

If something bad is rampant, it is very common and increasing in an uncontrolled way. I want to know if using any verb with the word rampant is logical. Which version is ...
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Can anyone give me examples of the relative-determinative 'which'?

I recently posted a question on a Spanish language forum asking what the equivalent in Spanish would be for the use of which in a phrase such as he refused, which decision proved disastrous (which ...
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Adjective for a person who deeply understands and appreciates another (really gets them) [on hold]

Instead of saying "she is the kind of person that really gets other, she really understands them deeply", I want an adjective for that. It's not empathetic.
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What is an adjective that means “fits the norm”?

In sociological terms, there is a difference between what is normal, and what follows the norm. Thesocietypages.org puts it the following way: Sociologists distinguish between the terms norm, ...
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What's the difference between adjectives “supplementary” and “supplemental”?

I'm writing a multiple choice test (MCQ) and I'll add a page of extra questions. I'm hesitating between naming them "supplementary list/page of questions" and "supplemental list/page of questions", ...
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Word for a character whose personality is opposite/similar to their physical traits [on hold]

Similar to how aptronym and caconym describe a character whose name is or isn't suited for them (ironic), except with their physical characteristics and personality.
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Rules of adding “-erlessness” to words? [closed]

I noticed some words that "er-less-ness" can be added to. like "prayerlessness" or "thinkerlessness". Is there a rule that regulate the usage?
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“foldered” adjective

I'm looking for an adjective that conveys that something is stored in a folder. "Foldered". Only no dictionary I browsed treats folder as a verb. And fold, enfold, infold do not seem to carry that ...
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cardiac, cardiologic, cardiological?

What's the right adjective from "cardiology"? "Cardiac" seems to refer to the heart itself more than to the science of cardiology. There's "cardiological" in Collins dictionary, and both "cardiologic"...
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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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A person/thing that has a good start but fails midway through the journey

I'm looking for a word to describe a thing/person that always shows potential in the way they start something but fails to follow through to its conclusion. Some examples could be: A batsman ...
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Word for a person who is self-driven and community oriented [closed]

I'm looking for an adjective that can be applied to a person, encompassing the meanings of both being self-driven and community oriented. When thinking about a word to describe a person like this, I ...
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Are the adjective “wise” and the suffix “-wise” etymologically related?

Are they linked, or have they arisen seperatedly and/or without connection?
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“Newborn” or “new born”

Is there a difference between "newborn" and "new born"? Which one is correct?
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Which adjective can be best describe the victimized feeling of being mistreated? [closed]

The scenario could be like a toddler punished by its dad and turning to its mom for comfort.. Which adjective can best describe this baby's feeling? Thanks for the answer!
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Is “How much he'll be happy” correct? [closed]

Is it correct the following: I don't know how much he will be happy about it.
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Is every adjective form its adverb? [duplicate]

I don't know if ALL the adverb which derives from adj is exist? (by adding -ly) because I've never heard youngly, artisticly/ artfully/ artlessly/(un)productively.... before.
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What’s a good adjective for hyper-attentive-to-detail?

I’m trying to capture the following sense: Primary meaning: hyper-attentive to detail Secondary considerations: no negative connotation indicating insincerity such as “pedantic”, “stilted”, or “...
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Is the Canadian in 'That's the Canadian in you' an adjective or a noun?

That's the Canadian in you. Is this Canadian a noun or an adjective? To clarify the fog, I asked 92 to 96 native speakers residing in the U.S. for the acceptability of the following three sentences. ...
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Question on attributive nouns/noun adjuncts

I am writing a review in English and I need to use the structure ‘eye movement changes’, ‘eye movement abnormalities’ with ‘eye movements’ in the form of a noun adjunct. Even in the title I would need ...
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How does one decipher between whether something is a compound noun or an adjective describing a noun?

Sometimes I erroneously think that an adjective that is describing a noun --- for example the word 'peasant' in the sentence: 'I saw a peasant person today' --- is actually a compound noun. And ...
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Should a comma be included when listing age?

When listing age under someone's name for reference, does there need to be a comma between "age" and the number? My company is running an ad for a beauty supplement featuring our brand ambassador for ...
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Word for someone who complains about others not following the rules despite it not being such a big deal [closed]

I need a word for a person who tells people to follow the rules even though it's not such a big deal. Is there evem a word for it? The guy pretty much spoiled the fun just because he wants people to ...
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Word for pleasing someone sexually because you care about them even though you don't like it?

Closest words that come to mind are: pleasing or pleasuring, but somehow these don't catch the meaning. Do you guys know any other words? Context: "I often thought about what I felt. If I were to ...
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Can multiple adjectives in between and/or can refer to noun at the end

On this format: the <adjective> and/or <adjective> <noun> => Does the stands for both adjectives? or should I use the right before both adjectives? => Does both adjectives ...
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Definition by analogy for “not hierarchical”

Question (fill in the blank): Vertical is to hierarchical as horizontal is to _______? Google searching for this word using synonym, antonym, and 'orthogonal to' haven't given me what I'm looking ...
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Is there a word for Questioning your own values?

We should always question what we think we know. So, is there a word that describes the act of questioning one's beliefs/values/personal philosophy? Can you say, this person should be more (insert ...
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Adjectives that describe vs. distinguish their referents

Sometimes an adjective describes its referent: “My wonderful brother” means I think my brother is wonderful. Sometimes an adjective distinguishes its referent from others like it: “My younger brother”...
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Can one use 'man' like one can use 'woman' as an adjective?

As a consciously feminist act so that women are not reduced to their reproductive capacities, the word 'woman', which is generally accepted and used cheifly as a noun, is used in place of the word '...
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Would this pair of adjectives be considered “coordinating” and require a comma? [closed]

Please request that your sealed, official transcripts be sent directly to the school.
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Postpositive adjectives [closed]

I know that there are a few cases where we can use the adjective after the noun, which is called postpositive. Here are some examples: Attorney General / Secretary General / court martial But I ...
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Word for somebody that is prejudiced against people who identify as non-binary?

What is the most specific way to describe somebody prejudiced against non-binary individuals? For context on what I'm looking for: A person who hates somebody because of their race, is racist A ...
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Use of an adjective instead of adverb with gerund?

I keep hearing on the BBC channel their self-commercial that goes like "We are the leaders in global breaking news". Folks, could anybody kindly explain to me how come that structure is grammatically ...
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much more a lot with adjective [closed]

Are these correct? much more + adjective (I was much more busy); a lot more + adjective (I was a lot more busy); much less + adjective (I was much less busy); a lot less + adjective (I was a lot ...
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What are different forms of a verb falling under the same criteria

I have seen many different verbs that have different forms based on the conditions in/by which they may occur. Example can be as following: See Watch Gaze Stare Glimpse Is there a name for these ...
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Can an adjective clause modify an adverb clause?

I have read this sentence and got slightly confused. When my mother, who was only 18 when she had me, told me I should wait until I got older to marry Lucy, I knew she was really happy I met the ...
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Is the phrase “come fast” a grammatically correct imperative? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct as a command? "Come fast." I believe this would be a correct alternative: "Come quick."
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What is the word that means of or pertaining to bushes?

I recall a long time ago reading a science-fiction book that contained a word to describe a character that I didn't recognise. When I looked it up, I learned it meant 'of or pertaining to bushes.' It ...
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What is a adjective to describe a champion who eventually wins after many setbacks?

friends, I am very glad to be on this forum! Here I am sending you greetings! :) Would you please share with me what adjective would you suggest describing a winner, a champion, who will win the ...
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Is kid-friendly an appropriate synonym of child-oriented?

I am a German native speaker and I am currently working on a project. We called the project KARLI which is the short form of the German first name Karl. The english translation of Karl is Charles. ...
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Water is to hydro as wind is to?

What is the generic name or collective adjective for things associated with wind and wind-generated electricity ? solar, hydro, anemoi?
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Adjective form for “made out of energy”

I need an adjective that can be made to describe the quality of a structure being made out energy. The term "energetic" I find mainly defined as something that is "abundant in energy", while the way ...
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Do -ist words (e.g. racist) have superlative or comparative forms?

Do -ist words (e.g. racist, sexist, etc.) have superlative or comparative forms?
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What would be an internet slang adjective to describe something perfect, mythical and ultimately kind

In Russian language there's a slang/meme to describe something that possesses the "ideal" properties or characteristics - "lamp". It comes from the myth that amplifiers for sound systems that are ...