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“equalable”, “equalizable”, or none of them?

What is (or which are) the proper adjective to denote "two things that can be made equal (in a mathematical sense)". Both the words "equalable" and "equalizable" have been used, but it is unclear to ...
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What is the difference between rebellion attempt and attempted rebellion? [closed]

I want to understand if there is any difference between "rebellion attempt" and "attempted rebellion". The first is a noun-noun while the second is an adjective noun. I think both are ok, but I do ...
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my car was broken into

The same clause in bold has different meanings in a. and b.: a. Last night, my car was broken into. b. I came home last night, and my car was broken into. The clause in a. means that somebody ...
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'eliminating, publicising, communicating, allocating': Are these words gerunds or participial adjectives?

Are these words gerunds or participial adjectives? Eliminating the secrecy surrounding pay by openly communicating everyone's remuneration, publicising performance bonuses and allocating annual ...
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Is “rumored” a verb or an adjective (a participle adjective)?

According to a dictionary, rumor can function as a noun or a verb. I can see rumor being a noun, but am having difficulty accepting it as a verb. The dictionary gives the example sentence, John is ...
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Using participial adjectives [closed]

Is this grammar just for regular verbs? Or we can use irregular verbs, too.
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Difference between participal adjective and relative clause

I saw someone explained that participal adjectives have the same function as relative clauses. If that is correct, what is the difference between them? for examples, a bill requiring approval ...
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So, “The company's meetings are scheduled” means “someone schedules them (regularly)” or “someone is scheduling them (right now)”?

We all know that simple present tense shows Routine Actions such as a habit, a hobby, a daily event, a scheduled event or something that often happens (Source) Eg: I schedule the company's meetings (...
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Can someone distinguish which of these verbs is a participial adjective and explain?

The boy deeply engaged in a conversation had brown hair. The boy deeply engaged in a conversation.
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The intransitive “to fail” becomes the adjective “failed”

My native language is English. My second-best language used to be German (though you need not know German to answer, for my questions are about English), so I am now noticing what seems to be a weird ...
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In “Nobody was surprised at John being absent”, is “being” a present participle modifying “John” or a gerund whose subject is “John”?

Some time ago I learned the difference between a present participle and a gerund, so today I decided to pass any online test to make sure I understand it. I passed it having made only one mistake, ...
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Meaning of “a dignified disapproval”

Hedwig clicked her beak with a dignified disapproval (after seeing the small owl deliver the post.) From Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban What does dignified mean here? How can being serious ...
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An adjective to describe a woman that doesn't wear jewelry?

folks. I want an attributive adjective or past/present participle adjective to describe a woman who doesn't wear jewelry?
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When can verbal passives be used in secondary predicates?

In a paper I read, on the fifth page (labelled "359"), it says resultative secondary predicates can only be stative adjectival passives. For example, "John hammered the metal flat" is valid but "John ...
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Is this the correct explanation of the difference between “excited” and “exciting”, “bored” and “boring”, etc?

Ok, there are many websites that explain this, but I think they are not clear. Here is what I came up with: -the adjective with "-ed" like excited or bored: a person or other animal has received ...
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Is “He is risen” Correct?

This is not correct, right? Mixing present tense and past tense makes me think it is not correct but I see it so often on signs that I'm not even sure any more. Is there a specific reason why it's ...
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Present Participle(adjective) vs Progressive tense

Mangoes are refreshing. An adjective form is needed here. But "auxiliary verb" + " verb-ing" act as progressive tense. It may imply that mangoes are refreshing(something, if transitive OR even if ...
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Word order of participial modifiers and proper nouns

This is a follow-up to this earlier question. I want to say that I met a person and they were drunk at the time. Which should I use: I saw intoxicated John. I saw the intoxicated John. I saw John ...
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verb or adjective in “The blue page is *stapled* to the red page”?

Consider the following sentence. The blue page is stapled to the red page. Although "stapled" is (apparently) past-tense, nonetheless the above sentence is clearly expressing something about the ...