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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, ...

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Gingerly, the adjective and adverb

The adjective wary and adverb warily each have gingerly as a synonym, instead of the adjectival form being ginger. If it were ginger, I could also imagine the adverb being the flat ginger. I hesitate ...
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Is there an adjective form of “Audit”?

I just made the mistake of using "Auditory" in the context of auditing. For example: "We need to include that information, for auditory purposes." After I sent my e-mail, I was embarrassed to find ...
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Is it better to list adjectives, with an “and”?

When we use more than one adjective, e.g. The big, red, bouncy balloon. The list of three adjectives {big, red, and bouncy} is a list, so by rights it should be separated by commas, with an "and" ...
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When did “docile” come to mean “calm”?

I’ve looked in accredited dictionaries, but I cannot find any one that defines “docile” as meaning “calm.” I’ve heard and seen “docile” used to mean “calm,” like in “docile people”; and I know that it ...
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What does the killing in “Killing Eve” mean?

There is a TV show named "Killing Eve" and its Chinese translation basically means Eve is killed or to kill Eve. But I wonder whether killing can be an adjective here to describe the state or action ...
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Client and server side componets

I'm having a problem to refer to the components that are in both, the client-side and the server-side. I started writing: "client and server-side components" (1) I did that in order to avoid ...
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What's the difference between “I feel much happy now” and “I feel much happier now”? [migrated]

What is the grammatical difference between: I feel much happy now. I feel much happier now. What is the difference between them in meaning? Can I say that both sentences are correct?
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Is it right to say ‘since time immemorial’?

What would be the justification for placing the adjective after the noun in ‘time immemorial’? Is it appropriate to use the preposition ‘since’ here?
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Hyphenation of “second most northerly” [on hold]

I've changed my mind a number of times about which of these variants works best: the second most northerly coffee shop in Seattle the second-most-northerly coffee shop in Seattle the second-...
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How to tell someone that you have finished your internship? [closed]

Is " my internship got over" a correct sentence?
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Word for “An event being self perpetrating in the absence of initial cause”?

Basically, something causes something else and persists even after the original cause is removed. Google has turned up nothing.
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Word to describe a lover of nature, particularly flowers

I am looking for a word to describer a character's personality. A trait, if you will. The character in question is extremely fond of nature, but, he's not exactly an outdoorsman - no camping, ...
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“Insignificant” or “unsignificant”?

In my job I test different versions of varying degrees on websites. Basically A vs B, and the results of this test determine which version should be developed. The way a winner is chosen is by ...
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Adverb versus Adjective in -minded people

I am currently running for the Board of Education in my little town and am working on my candidate statement for the election handbook that the Department of Elections produces. I sent what I had to ...
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'Alike' or 'akin' or something else?

Context: I have started to write a blog post about my recent road trip. Difficulty: I was desperate to go for a trip and in that desperation, the planning was not up to the mark. My previous trip ...
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Does “His eyes fell shut” make sense? [on hold]

This is something I've been writing for a while, but I know that I tend to keep writing things from my tween years that may not make sense. Have you ever read a sentence like "his eyes fell shut" or ...
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How does “aboriginal” mean “unsophisticated”?

A list of SAT vocabulary words from www.FreeVocabulary.com gives the following definition for the word aboriginal: aboriginal adj. Primitive; unsophisticated. I know that aboriginal means a ...
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Adjective for someone who's quick and easy to become close to

I'm looking for a 1 word adjective to describe someone who very easily builds close and personal relationships with other people, in a way that almost seems magical to everyone else. Charismatic is ...
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Torsionally soft means?

Elastomer couplings are known to be “torsionally soft” Torque is “rotational force” Does this mean that elastomer couplings have less capacity for transmitting rotational energy ? Do they not ...
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Why is it “came back from the dead” and not “came back from the death”?

Many times now, I've heard native English speakers (from the USA and Canada) say "he came back from the dead" instead of "from the death" when they mean resurrection. Dead is not a noun, so I don't ...
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Adjective for “relating to a whole”?

I am trying to find an adjective or word that describes something that is relative/responsive to a larger whole. The context I am interested is in music, e.g. a musical part in a song that is is ...
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Word for something that can be expressed in currencies

What may be a term (word, phrase or expression) to indicate that an object property (e.g. price, value) is expressed in a specific currency, something like "currenciable". Similar example can be "...
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How to convert participial phrase into full clause/sentence

I have just read an article, which has following sentence: The power failed repeatedly throughout the day, adding to the chaos Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/30/climate/record-heat-waves....
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Partition of an adjective

In the pages of history there lives no city more glamorous than Babylon THERE NO CITY MOTE GLAMOROUS ...... can anyone explain is there any rule to place the comparative adjective after the noun if ...
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hyphenation of compound adjectives [closed]

Proofreading a friend's work, I came across the following phrase: [teachers and students] work collaboratively to change long held, potentially incorrect and deeply believed views Now, while I'm ...
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Use of key as an adjective [closed]

Is this phrase correct? For teachers, updating becomes key. Thanks
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Word to describe the movement of a galloping horse's head

I am looking for a word, an adjective, to substitute for 'back and forth' to describe the exerted forward reach then recoil action of a horse's head in a gallop. 'Reciprocate' and 'oscillate' are ...
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Order of Adjectives: “quantitative reverse transcription…” vs. “reverse transcription quantitative…” [duplicate]

This is a general question with no specific sentence in mind. If a string of 2 or 3 attributive adjectives (or attributive nouns?) are used in a sentence, they generally follow a particular order (e.g....
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Expression or idiom about someone who has all the news [closed]

What do you call someone who knows all the gossip and stories about people in his neighborhood or surroundings, someone who’s always informed. It doesn't have to be expressed in a word. Could be a ...
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What word(s) can be used to describe person(s) who assume to outrank others because of their profession in a company? [closed]

My reading case study mentioned that there are a group of engineers in a company who usually look down to other people in other departments because every major position within the company, including ...
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difference between “bell ringing” & “ringing bell” and “ car parked” & “parked car” [migrated]

what's the difference between "ringing bell" & "bell ringing " here: 1- I was awaken by a bell ringing. 2- I was awaken by a ringing bell. and "car parked" & "parked car" here: 1-there was ...
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gay or a gay / American or an American

One of my American friends told me that 'He is a gay' or 'He is an American' is a rather rude expression. She said that 'He is gay' or 'He is American' is better. She could not explain why but guessed ...
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Is there a word for a characterizing feature?

By characterizing feature, I'm referring to an attribute of something that uniquely identifies it. Is there a single word that describes such a feature? Characterizing and distinguishing come to my ...
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Is there any thing called lucky or fortunate accident?

Well few days back, I happened to check the meaning of the word mishap in Merriam Webster online dictionary and it is described it as: "an unfortunate accident" And in Oxford dictionary 'mishap' ...
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River's Name as an Adjective

Is there any rule that describes the cases when one can use a river's name as an adjective and when it should be with the -ian suffix? There is the so-called Danubian corridor, but it's the Danube ...
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Hyphenation of Compound Adjective

Is this correct: Representation of a 4 to 9-node-quadrilateral element? and this: which is the case of a multi-degree of freedom problem?
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What's the origin of “shot away”?

What's the origin of the phrase "shot away" as meaning a person is behaving in an unhinged manner?
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An adjective to describe the nature of information used to blackmail someone

In yesterday's Washington Examiner article, the word "kompromat" was used to describe a piece of "compromising information" Russia might have on Trump. What I'm looking for is a less vague synonym to ...
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Does the word “unnoticed” act as an adverb or an adjective in the phrase “go unnoticed”?

In the sentence Steve went unnoticed by the crowd. Does unnoticed modify went, making it an adverb or Steve, making it an adjective?
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Can a sentence start with “The highest”

Can a sentence start with "The highest" in an academic paper? It sounds a bit strange. My original sentence is When the specificity values of the devices were evaluated, the highest specificity ...
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What is the preferable wording for that situation?

During my vacation, I have worked on a scientific project. Now, I would like to add this project to my resume. So, I have added the following to my resume. 1- Volunteer scientific work: ...
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Correct or not: noun and adjective being predicative together

I'm thinking about such a sentence: He is a lawyer, arrogant and smart. or He is an idiot, arrogant and short-sighted. Please note that here I just want to list the noun and the ...
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A word that describes extreme heat [closed]

I'm looking of a term or adjective for extremely high temperatures. One that can describe the temperature of the sun or the hottest thing in the universe. Words like conflagrant or Blaze doesn't fit ...
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relationship between “me” and non-finite verb in “you had me” constructions

In this context, You didn't come home until morning. You had me worried all night. Is "me," a) subject of the past participle "worried" (because all verbs have subjects). If so, is this a case of ...
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Adjective meaning “disposable” that sounds more eco-friendly

I'm marketing a product I invented for travelers. It's made of recyclable card stock. Travelers will use it for a week or less, and then either recycle it or throw it out. "Disposable" is a good ...
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adjective translation help used in scenarios of security and satisfaction

There's a word I'm trying to see if there is a translation for. See the following scenarios. A young man is introduced to his girlfriend's parents for the first time. He is well-off, looks ...
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Is out of control adjective?

It makes that difficult and out of control. There is a pattern make + object + adjective that I'm aware of, but I cannot understand how out of control is adjective. Does out of control function as ...
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What are the grammatical rules for phrases like “Rome Victorious”?

Some people seem to use this phrase. The adjective 'Victorious' seems that it is being used as if it is part of the noun. Would this work in other cases? e.g. "Rome Sacrosanct". Is it technically ...
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Is there a word to describe someone as striving to be the best version of himself he can be?

I am trying to describe someone with the mentality NOT of trying to be better than others, but rather to be the best version of himself that he can be. So a sort of striving and determination, but ...
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Usage and order of “galore”: an adjective, but looks like an adverb

It is common to put adverbs of manner after a direct object. But is it grammatically correct to put an adjective after noun? As in: Since then there have been reports, inquiries and guidance galore. ...