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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, 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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Adjective meaning "that can be tied"

What is the most common adjective used to describe objects that can be tied. I would think of tieable but it does not seem to exist in the wiktionary.
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An adjective for something peaceful but sad?

I need an adjective for that please, is about the energy of the room feeling both sad but quiet and peaceful. There was a ____ atmosphere in the room.
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"Which" Relative Clause--"Which", "Of Which", or what?

I'm struggling with a relative 'which' clause right now; I'm hoping to structure it a certain way, but while I feel like I've read it that way before, I'm just not sure if it's correct and I can't ...
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What is the adjective for flowers (or other objects) arranged into a vase? Vased?

I want to use the word 'vased' as an adjective before a pronoun of a subject to mean the subject has been arranged into a vase. It is a flower in this case, but it could be any other object. The word ...
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Increasingly + positive or increasingly + comparative?

For instance, would you rather say "It became increasingly hard" or "It became increasingly harder"? From my understanding, both are possible, but their meaning is slightly different. The first ...
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Is there a term like "antonym" but for words of opposite sentiment?

I like to play a game where I take a descriptive word with an emotional bias (i.e. describing something "good" or "bad") and I try to think of a word with roughly the same meaning ...
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Why is the adjectival order "noble eightfold path" on the one hand yet "octadic patrician way" on the other?

I'm a native English speaker. As I understand, English grammar rules specify a particular ordering of types of adjectives. In Buddhism, there is a "noble eightfold path". That is, a path, ...
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"The tired fireman found the building ablaze", is "ablaze" predicative adjective at there? [duplicate]

I have encountered a question which asks which sentence doesn't include a predicative adjective and according to the question this sentence includes a predicative adjective, The tired fireman found ...
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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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Which phrase is being modified in the given sentence?

What is the phrase 'payable in foreign currency' modifying in the following sentence?: The borrowing cost ceiling includes spread over relevant benchmark rate, loan related insurance premium and ...
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In need of the word or phrase describing studying or educating in a non-formal way or as a hobby

So when I was 14 years old I started an interest in psychology. I've been studying it (legitimate medical research articles, textbooks, clinical guides, etc vs googling) for almost 13 years at this ...
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Meaning of joined in marriage [closed]

“I joined in marriage Ben and Nicole”… when the officiant write it in the marriage certificate can it have a double meanings? The first meaning is- I united in marriage Ben and Nicole- meaning I ...
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Word to describe the state of something being external or internal

I'm looking for a word that refers to the state of being external or internal as a noun. Something like "ternality" or "ternalness" if those were words. Example: "The 'ternality' of the door was ...
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What does 'crab' mean when describing a person?

In the Netflix series Mindhunter there is a scene where a person is asked to give their opinion about a female colleague. They reply with 'she's a crab'. I am sure that this is meant in a negative way ...
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"Childish", "puerile" and "juvenile" which is more derogatory?

In order to scorn or excuse someone's behaviour, it can be described as childish, puerile, or juvenile. In my register, they are graded down in that order. Is that right, or are there other ...
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Is there a word for the opposite of an intended effect? [duplicate]

Is there a word in English connected to a process resulting in not just an unexpected outcome, but the direct opposite of its intended effect? Like feeling more tired after waking up? Or feeling ...
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Past participle or adjective?

John is highly educated. John was educated in London. According to traditional grammar, educated is an adjective in the first sentence and a verb in the second sentence (past participle). But ...
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Using the terms gesture, gestural and gesturality

I am trying to understand the difference between, and I'm not sure how to describe it, something like: agree, agreeable and agreeability; approach, approachable and approachability etc...I'm ...
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Is there a difference between "depressive" and "depressing"?

Is news depressing or depressive? In what situations would you use these two words? According to dicionary.com: depressive - tending to depress depressing - serving to depress; inducing a state of ...
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Differences between "very" and "very much" as adjective modifiers

The following examples are clearly wrong: × I am very much tired × She is very much clever But the following sounds fine (at least according to OALD): I am very much afraid that ... I am ...
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What are some pro-adjectives?

What are some pro-adjectives? That is, a pro-form that can substitute (satisfy the substitution test with) an adjectival phrase? A Google search brought up "such", but was otherwise ...
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Opposite of a rhetorical question

I understand a 'rhetorical question' to be a question that was asked for the purpose of rhetoric, such that the asker was not expecting or interested in a response. When I think of the concept of a ...
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Is ‘ask them to both be there’ or ‘they both will be there’ ever grammatical?

I am trying to articulate how to position the determiner/predeterminer ‘both’ behind the nouns being modified. Every rule that I came across on a cursory search involves some unspecified exception, so ...
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Pronunciation of "comparable"

I was talking to my boyfriend about this but I wanted to get some more opinions. "Comparable" can be pronounced as: COMP-er-uh-bul (which is how I usually pronounce it) Com-PAIR-ah-bul (which ...
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Indirect Question Formation with Be

If we look at these direction questions changed into indirect (or more polite) questions: Where is the bathroom? Do you know where the bathroom is? How tall are you? Could you tell me how tall you ...
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Stacked adjectives? [duplicate]

If I say adjectives in a row, where the first could apply to the second, such as "cute blonde girl" - does it imply that I think blonde is cute? If it doesn't, why not and how would this be ...
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Adjectives derived from proper nouns are not always capitalized [duplicate]

I have had a hard time teaching the rule that proper adjectives are capitalized on the Continent (one student even proudly declaimed that proper adjectives just don't exist in England). I taught this ...
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A word for something that is, "Bizarre" but, "Beautiful"

Is there a word that describes something that is weird, strange, odd, bizarre, etc. but also beautiful, wonderful, amazing, fantastic, etc.? Example: a word to describe a place that is strangely ...
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Word for a woman who can be mistaken as a transexual. [closed]

Is there a noun or adjective for this? Whether slang or a formal word.
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Adjectival forms composed with -like with a substantive or an adjective

I want to describe a process that, although not industrial, behaves closely to industrial processes. I have an hesitation between a description with "industrial-like process" or "...
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What is the passive voice of sentence "When I met you." [closed]

The sentence when did I meet you? Is an interrogative sentence, Its voice would be: when were you met by me? But the given sentence is When I met you. This is not an interrogative sentence. This ...
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Greatest extent possible vs Greatest possible extent [adjective position]

I know the following sentences basically mean the same thing: We need to reduce pollution to the greatest extent possible. We need to reduce pollution to the greatest possible extent. so my ...
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How can a pronoun "one" be a noun?

I asked a question some days ago about if an atributive-only adjective can be followed by a pronoun one, for example in this sentence When the Olympics began in 779 B.C. There were not a lot of ...
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If ‘provincial’ is the adjective for provinces what is the adjective form of ‘dominions’?

I have two category of territories: Provinces and Dominions. Adjective for everything from provinces is provincial. Like Provincial Government, Provincial Roads, Provincial Courts etc. What is a ...
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Strict adjective for "in a different country, not your own", for use before a noun (attributive, not predicate), that's not "overseas"?

What would be a usable alternative to overseas, in the very strict sense of "living in a country not your own"? It is strange that the most common attributive adjective for this notion is ...
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I'm looking for a word or phrase that can describe something familiar, but not quite the same

I'm looking for something that can describe a sense of familiarity, unfamiliarity, nostalgia, and bittersweetness. I've considered deja vu, but it doesn't capture the nostalgia or bittersweetness. ...
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"This is an interesting-looking book."

"This is an interesting-looking book." The point of the hyphen is to make 'looking' relate to 'interesting' and not directly to 'book'. 'Looking' modifies 'interesting'…or is it the other way around? ...
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Education path vs educational path

Here is my sentence. Teenagers are not completely mature, and they need their parents’ advice when it comes to an education / educational path and career. Which is correct: education path or ...
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Correct usage for "bad" v. "poor" adjectives

The way I was taught many years ago was that something like quality can be poor, but not bad. The reasoning was that "bad" is a value/moral whereas poor applies to non-value qualities. In ...
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Is it redundant to say something "must be necessarily..."?

Is the combined use of must be and necessarily here redundant? Your appearance must be necessarily maintained. I want this statement to be sardonic, so simply "Your appearance must be ...
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An adjective to describe "being at sea"

I'm looking for an adjective that describes the fact that a ship is sailing at sea. Much as "afoot" describes a person being in the state of walking. I was hoping "asail" would be a word, but can't ...
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Seeking a word with specific connotations of excessive, unashamed hypocrisy

There is a word, which I'm sure exists, but which has eluded me for the best part of a year; it's driven me so mad as to finally buckle and write this question in the hopes of drawing it out to the ...
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Adjective about eyes

I'm trying to understand a passage from White Light Nights by O. O. McIntyre : Here an old woman, with chrome-colored face and the enduring eyes of the beaten. What does 'enduring eyes' really mean? ...
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What preposition should I use with "proficuous"?

Proficuous: useful or profitable. But how to use? Cash proved proficuous for/in/at securing the deal.
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How to identify adverbs or adjectives correctly in a sentence? [closed]

Everything is explained in the above sentence. Everything is explained in the sentence above. i)which part of speech is "above" in the first sentence? ii)which part of speech is "above&...
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Use of the word "referable"

Can the word "referable" be used to denote something that can be referenced and what is the difference between "referable" and "referenceable"?
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Is there a word to describe an individual who has complete control over his negative and positive emotions?

Let's say examples of negative emotions are sadness and despair, and example of positive emotions are happiness and pride. So is there a word that describes a person who has total, complete control ...
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Ways to Say "Forcibly Inducted"

As a combatant, your family's safety is threatened by your captors. "Return to your platoon as a spy for us, and your family's lives will be spared." You accept the terms with steadfast ...
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What is the adjective for "supersedure" or "primacy"?

Is there an adjective that can express the concept of a law that supersedes other laws? I would prefer a single adjective that has legal connotations, although a present participle will suffice. The ...
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What's an antonym to "legacy"?

I am struggling to find out what the best and shortest way is to describe the opposite of a legacy system (especially in software architecture, where legacy means the system used previously). I need ...

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