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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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Adjectives and prepositions [on hold]

Wether nearby is an adjective or preposition in the sentence "Their house is nearby. "
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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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Attachment of “with […]” prepositional/adjective phrase coming after a relative clause that comes after a noun

I have asked a question in an exam, which I wish I had asked in a clearer way. I would like to know how reasonable it is to understand this sentence different from the way I originally intended: ...
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What is the correct answer confidence or confident? [closed]

When you speak in public, you need to show (confidence/confident) even if you are nervous, you should look as if you are not
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Is there a more concise way of saying “an idea that agrees with my opinion”? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a single-word adjective for such ideas.
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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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Word for the general shape of a contoured round column such as a standard chess pawn [on hold]

The perfect word I'm looking will be an adjective that describes a wooden staircase newel. Close misses are 'beveled', 'chamfered'.
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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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“of + [abstract noun]” such as “of interest”, “of importance” etc [closed]

The Internet tells me that "of interest" means "interesting" and the same thing goes for other "of + [abstract noun]" things. However, I believe that these two forms have some nuanced difference in ...
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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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Comma use with cumulative adjectives

In this sentence fragment "identifying, building, training, and retaining an enormous network of qualified former X, Y, and Z personnel", should there be a comma after "qualified" given that "...
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Which noun mean learning by social contact

I would like to know what is the english noun that mean learing by social contact?? For example, children learn some ethical social values by associating in several social activity thanks
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which one is true, much or many? [migrated]

"the temperature can vary by AS MUCH AS FORTY DEGREES" this sentence confused me, following as much as, there is plural word (forty degrees) but it was used with "as much as" , because there is a ...
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Inside / within the European Union?

"The European Union is the world's largest economy and ______ the EU the UK rank second" Which world should I use ? Thank you
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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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Is procrastinatory the adjective form of procrastinate?

Like I said in the title, I found it in oxford dictionary, but is it frequently used in daily life?
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(un)expected vs. (un)surprising

There's a rule put forth in our textbook for language learners: We use '-ed' adjectives to describe how people feel. We use '-ing' adjectives to describe how something or someone makes people ...
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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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“Results Overview” or “Overview of the results”

I have always had this doubt about placing these qualifier words before or after the noun followed by the preposition "of" or "the". For example: "Adjective position" or "position of the adjective" "...
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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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Hyphenation of time-consuming

I am confident that time-consuming should be hyphenated when immediately preceding a noun: It can be a time-consuming process. That said, should the hyphen remain when the adjective is placed ...
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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 ...
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Antonym of preventive

Suitable word which has meaning “taking care of agricultural plants after the damage (affected by virus or some other insects)has happened” Taking steps before damage happens is “preventive” then what ...
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word order with as and multiple adjectives and an article and a noun

I found a sentence. 'It is as good a racy, romantic historical novel as one could hope to find.'. Is the word order of 'as good a racy, romantic historical novel' right? I'm dubious of the location of ...
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Is there a single word for standing still over a long period of time? [closed]

It’s called ‘sedentary’ if you spend a lot of time sitting down. E.g. an office job. I was wondering if there’s an equivalent for standing all day.
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A predicative adjective in an atributive clause OR a postpositive adjective?

Example: These are/were the images presented by us. Is "presented" in this case a postpositive adjective or a predicative adjective in an attributive clause? In case "presented" is a verb here, can ...
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“worth” with possessive(s) in coordinated nominals

According to Garner Modern English Grammar The idiomatic possessive should be used with periods of time and statements of worth — 30 days’ notice (i.e., notice of 30 days), three days’ time, ...
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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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word meaning “appearing synthetic”?

I'm looking for examples of single words which mean: having the appearance of being synthetic/man-made, as opposed to natural. Example sentence: After crossing the stream, they stumbled upon a _____ ...
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What is the correct form of adjective in the sentence?

I’ve done a test and I’d like to know what is the correct answer for the question: *conplete the correct word, please make necessary changes: 8. I would like to have an_______ coat so nobody can see ...
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How would pretty be classified in this sentence [duplicate]

The sentence is "You look pretty tonight". I believe that pretty would be an adjective as it's referring to "You". However in the sentence "You look pretty gorgeous tonight" I believe that pretty ...
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“China man” vs Chinese man

I am wondering which one, China man or Chinese man, should I use for the below sentence. Doing business in China requires deep understanding of its culture. But this China/Chinese man, although ...
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Word for someone who is a mix of shy and deliberately obtuse in a slightly flirtatious way

Searching for the right adjective to describe someone. She a mix of shy and deliberately obtuse in a slightly flirtatious way. Very calculated. Is purposely vague for the sake of trying to drum up ...
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Ideas for a word to use to describe your voice output over the phone, video chat, etc.?

If you use a phone, video chat, etc. your voice kind of changes so that it's muffled, but when I hear "muffled" or "muffled by" I tend to associate it with something like the voices you make when ...
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eligibility criterion for an -ing form to serve as a deverbal adjective

a dog which is barking can be rephrased as a barking dog; I am wondering whether a patient who is coughing can be rephrased as a coughing patient? similarly, can we rephrase something (such as a dog,...
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A rainy day question

Can 'happy' in the sentence: "I don't feel too happy about going outside in the rain", be replaced with 'enamoured' to make the sentence: "I don't feel too enamoured about going outside in the rain. ...
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What's a good word to describe a public place that looks like it wouldn't be rough?

I'm looking for a word that I can use in my writings to describe a bar / pub that doesn't look like it would be a 'rough' place, i.e. one that isn't likely to instigate trouble. I was thinking of the ...
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What are the female and gender-neutral equivalents of ‘henpecked husband’

Inspired by this question, what are are the feminine and gender-neutral equivalents of a ‘henpecked husband’? Would it be correct to say ‘cockpecked wife’ (even though that sounds dreadful) and ‘...