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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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Can adjectives be placed before gerunds?

My question relates to the possibility of placing an adjective before a gerund if a sentence begins with the gerund. For example, I'd like to prepare a list of my skills for a CV like 'Brief reading ...
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Word to describe someone who is unintentionally entertaining because of their lack of eloquence or intelligence?

Essentially an "entertaining oaf by accident", but I imagine there is a more complex word to describe that.
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What is the word for a third idea/concept created, combining aspects from two opposing ideas

When there are two opposing ideas/concepts, and then a third idea/concept is created which combines aspects from both original ideas, what is that third idea called? For example, in psychology, Freud'...
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Studies done on “best” way to organize adjectives around nouns for comprehension

Wondering if there is any research done on the "best" way to organize adjectives around nouns to improve comprehension. There are ways of writing that facilitate comprehension, and ways of writing ...
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Adjective for someone who disregards ideas and opinions of some people but not others?

I am struggling to find an adjective for someone who disregards the ideas and opinions of anyone that they think are not at the same level as them. For example, a brother or husband who disregards ...
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Word to describe the tool that doesn't require configuration

I'm looking for an adjective that will describe a software tool that is ready to be used out of the box without any additional configuration, but it may be configured to fit a specific case. [...
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Can I use “Never Complete”

For a small community text book I wanted to use this as a title - "Coding" and with a sub title - "Never Complete". Is this subtitle grammatically correct?
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In the context of speech, is there a word like *dictator* to describe a person who *dictates* (a person who speaks, says something, etc: *dictator*)? [duplicate]

In the context of speech, is there a word like dictator to describe a person who dictates (a person who speaks, says something, etc: dictator)? I tried to research this, but it seems that the word ...
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Parallelism of Adjectives

You must bring a black car, truck, and long black bus. Does this statement clearly show the truck is black? Which statement is correct if we have no clues whether the truck is black or not? You ...
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Confusion about particibles [closed]

In this sentence "wearing loose pants while riding a bicycle is dangerous" why riding is not gerund? In my logic riding should be gerund too. I understand the clause is adjective but if we reverse the ...
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What is the correct interpretation of “Crazy Rich Asians”?

There is more than one way to interpret the title of the hit film "Crazy Rich Asians." In the film it is suggested that "crazy rich" means "impossibly rich," but as written it could also mean crazy (...
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What do you call a person who loves to run? [closed]

If we follow the pattern of 'cat lover', is it correct to say 'run lover'? If I use Google translator to Spanish (my mother tongue), 'run lover' sounds more like a shout you'd say to your lover to ...
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What word is an adjective meaning “not first”?

In the following sentences, what single word can I use to summarize the ordinal numbers second, third, fourth, etc.? When you take your second, third, fourth, etc. flu shot, call me. If you ...
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What is the most appropriate word to describe the phenomenon of many church bells ringing concurrently?

Usually in celebration of a wedding or Christmas morning? Although I know I've read a word that describes this event exactly, I can't recall where or when. I've polled some pals and gotten "jubilee ...
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Parts of speech in sentence “Amber is a real person” [closed]

Specifically I am wondering about the word "person" in the sentence, because at first thought I believed it was a common noun but it is qualifying a proper noun, so I am confused if it is a noun or a ...
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“label setting” as an adjective

I can say this: The Dijkstra algorithm is a label-setting algorithm. I wonder whether I could say this better: The Dijkstra algorithm is label setting. I think so, because "label setting" ...
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Confusion of comparative adjective and/or adverb in a sentence [migrated]

An adjective is that which tells something about a noun or a pronoun. And an adverb is that which describes a verb. However, I find sentences where an adjective is used to describe a verb as follows: ...
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how is “aberrant” different from “anomalous”?

both the words are adjectives, I am looking forward to difference based on context and tone that the word put in their usage.
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can you use fully fledged for person?

I'm not sure if I'm asking the right question, but i need an adjective to describe myself in my resume. I'm trying to tell that I have solid experience on my field but not just in a couple of topics, ...
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adverbs after linking verbs

They write we must use adjectives rather than adverbs after linking verbs. For example https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/taste_2: Food can taste sweet like sugar. But here's ...
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Adj. for doing something to someone in a way they won’t know it’s me [closed]

Please fill in the blank with as many words as you can think of: I’M GOING TO GET REVENGE ON HIM IN A very _____ WAY (I’ll get revenge but they’ll never know it was because of what they did to me &...
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Adjective preceding attributive nouns

When an adjective is preceding two nouns, the first one being an attributive noun, does it define the final noun or the attributive noun? For example: Red car keys Are they red keys that open a car, ...
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Is it wrong to use these adverbs 'a bit, a little, too' with adjectives 'good, nice, cheap, clean, new, comfortable.'

I was looking through an English book and came across a rule that has confused me; I dont remember reading it anywhere before(but I am not that well read anyway); Don't use these adverbs(a bit, a ...
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What determines the stress of an adjective formed by adding “-ive” to a verb ending in “-ate”?

Some verbs ending in -ate keep their original syllable stress when you add the suffix -ive to form an adjective e.g., imitate/imitative meditate/meditative investigate/investigative For ...
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When did “our” stop being used as an adjective (as in “other our dominions”, “any our Subjects”)?

While reading a letter written by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1588, I came across a certain construction that doesn't seem to be grammatical in English: RIGHT trustie, and righte welbelovid ...
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Adjective and noun placement when naming a product

I'm having some trouble naming a software product, I hope you can give me a hand. It is a system that performs a "smart identification" of "devices". Initially "Smart Device Identification" was ...
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How many interrogative adjectives does English have?

Can anybody tell me exactly how many interrogative adjectives does English have? I have been researching for many days. Some places say that there are only three interrogative adjectives: which, what,...
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What word should I replace squint-eyed?

A squint is a look that has eyes partially closed. How do you say one has those eyes? Looking up squint-eyed, it's defined as either crosseyed or walleyed. How do you say one has eyes that are ...
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“a scorched earth” vs “the scorched earth”

It seems to me that for some nouns which are usually preceded by the article "the", such as "the earth," "the sun," the article changes from "the" to "a/an" when you add an adjective in front of the ...
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Adjective for someone who refuses to be kind [closed]

I'm trying to find a word describing someone who refuses to perform an act of kindness, even if they know they're breaking societal norms. The old woman fell on the ice and couldn't get up. To ...
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Word for someone who has plastic surgery, breast augmentation, etc.? [closed]

She's a ______ beauty. My beauty is natural, hers is _________.
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Person who never talks in commanding manner [closed]

What is a single word for a person who never talks with anyone in commanding manner in any situation? I prefer an adjective that can be used when explaining the quality of a person.
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When you say “plain old” adjectivally, is a comma required between them?

Examples: I can't believe he wore a plain old t-shirt to prom. I can't believe he wore a plain, old t-shirt to prom. I could only find one dictionary that has it as a phrase: https://www....
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Is there a single adjective for “mercenary-like attitude”?

What is a word I can use for someone who acts like a mercenary? Someone who does something only when paid, without loyalty, ruthless and sticking to the contract, even in the case of life and death? ...
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Is it possible for an adjective to modify another adjective?

While I doubt an adjective can modify another one, I'm wondering if it may be possible. Here is the example: "An immaculate black three-piece suit." Most likely, I'd have to use the adverb ...
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Why is the adjective form of “governor” gubernatorial? [duplicate]

Why isn’t the adjectival form “governatorial” or something similar? Why did “gubernatorial” become the standard and accepted adjective for “governor”? Govern’s adjective is governable and not ...
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What is a short term for words that have more than one spelling?

Is there a word or short term for words that have multiple valid spellings that don't correspond to any differences in meaning or pronunciation? The different spellings can be described as "spelling ...
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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”? [duplicate]

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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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” [closed]

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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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 ...