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What are AWAY and APART modifying here?

I wanted to ask a question about the adverbs away and apart. The villages are miles apart. The exam is only two weeks away. It is three days apart. It is five kilometers away/apart. Away and apart ...
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What part of speech is “almost” when applied to an adjective? [closed]

If I say that "the box is almost flat" what part of speech is "almost"? I can't say "the box is almost", so it does not appear to be an adjective itself. It seems to be a word that modifies the ...
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Can a PP be analysed as a complex adjective?

In the sentence They are more familiar with this, the predicative complement more familiar with this is an AdjP, with the adjective head familiar. But what about a sentence such as They are more at ...
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Adjective and conjunction which has higher priority?

I have a question about priority. For example: "elder brother and sister" means: "elder (brother and sister)" or "(elder brother) and sister"? Another example: "old men and women" means: "old (...
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Selective with/in/about [closed]

I need to find out which preposition is more suitable for the sentence below; "Could we not just be selective with/in/about our potential themes." Thanks!
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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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Adjectival order: “a style appropriate for” or “an appropriate style for”

I would like to understand the correct grammatical order in the sentence, In your essay, you must use grammatically correct sentences with accurate spelling and punctuation in a style appropriate ...
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Can a noun work as an adjective, and the adjective as a noun?

Hazel Eyes I found the following paragraph in the guycounseling.com blog article “Hazel Eyes: Learn Why People with Greenish Eye Color are Rare!”, containing the two words “hazel eyes”: Hazel eyes ...
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Emphasizing a noun using hyphening to create adjective

I am trying to emphasize the notion of (accumulation process) as an adjective using hyphening. I tried using accumulative-like but I am not sure if it does make sense! My sentence is: This is ...
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How to use an adverb like “untenably” in a sentence with having it sound wrong? [closed]

I am trying to use untenably in a sentence. Not to showcase my ignorance, but I feel like the modern usage is out of whack with the grammar rules. The sentence in question is: Marin was getting ...
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Difference between 'eat soup hot' and 'eat hot soup'

Can anyone explain the difference between the following sentences? I eat most kinds of soup hot. I eat most kinds of hot soup. Earlier today, one of my non-English speaking friends asked me the ...
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Why does “main external website” sound normal but “external main site” sound awkward? [duplicate]

It doesn't seem like it changes the meaning in an obvious way. Does the order of adjectives matter or is it just in my head and just due to happening to phrase it one way rather than another more ...
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“starting steep and leveling off horizontal” – adjective or adverb

Are steep and horizontal correctly written as adjectives or should they be adverbs in the following sentence? Scaling around the trunk leads to a huge branch that expands out the other side ...
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If I can say “not that good a review,” does that mean I can say “not that good reviews”?

I'm new to the template, so please forgive my ignorance of this community's parlance, formalities. I'd imagine that many here have seen the construction: "Adjective + Article + Noun," as in "so fine ...
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It was too tempting a chance to resist

One day, I came across this sentence: This chance was too tempting a chance to resist. Even though this sounded perfectly natural to me, as I tried to get the full meaning out of it, I ...
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Can adjectives be placed in front of verbs, e.g. “The duck was busy diving for food”?

The duck was busy diving for food. The duck was busily diving for food. Are both sentences grammatically correct? If the first one is correct, does it mean that adjectives can be placed in ...
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In place names, do the words qualifying the place act as an adjective?

If you have a place name such as “The Sierra Nevada Mountains”, does Sierra Nevada act as an adjective? My guess is yes, since they qualify the noun mountains, e.g.: “Which mountains? The Sierra ...
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What's the difference between these two sentences?

Health facilities reported 1000 people killed and 3000 wounded since March 19. Health facilities reported that 1000 people were killed and 3000 were wounded since March 19. Isn't 'killed' an ...
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Correct or correctly: “I got them all correct / correctly”?

I just answered a battery of test questions, and posted the following comment: "I got them all correctly." Should I have said "I got them all correct."?
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My as an adjective, posessive pronoun, or prepositional phrase?

During English class, we have been diagramming sentences, as described at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/, and have had some confusion as to whether the term "my" should be considered an adjective, ...
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Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged? [closed]

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where ...
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Adjectives versus Noun Adjuncts [duplicate]

What determines whether something is a "noun adjunct" or just a garden-variety adjective? Does it matter in any meaningful way? Here is my hypothesis, but I can't find any authoritative source to ...
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Adjective and Noun Placement

Is it better to say "We rescued the five people trapped" or "We rescued the five trapped people"? And why?
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When does one append “-ly”?

I am trying to understand the difference between adjectives that end in ‑ly compared with adjectives that do not end end in ‑ly. For example (the ones I would have chosen are bold): A tactical ...
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“Not only one of the most talented actors of our age but kind.” — what does 'kind' mean here?

I was searching for information about the original novel "House of Cards" and from following site, in the middile of the page, there's sentence which compliment Kevin Spicey as shown below(http://www....
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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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What is the meaning of this expression?

Does "next player's turn" mean "next turn of the player" or "turn of the next player"? Or can it mean either depending on the context? In this particular case the context is a two player board game ...
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How to use three adjectives in a sentence

I have a sentence where I would like to use three adjectives. Is this the correct way to do it? "Moments such as this have allowed me to understand the privilege I have been given to be a first ...
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Omission of verbs

This following sentence is puzzling me. Neither can I understand the meaning, nor can I reason the grammatical soundness of the sentence. Some symbols acquire a multitude of meanings, some widely ...
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Can you begin a sentence with an emotion?

Is it incorrect to begin a sentence with an emotion? For example: "Afraid and alone, he no longer wished to continue on." I'm translating some work from a foreign language into English, but I ...
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Why is “I’m doing great” correct?

"I'm doing great" appears to be incorrect (to me) because 'great' can be used as an adjective. I would think that it should be: "I'm doing (adverb)." Why is it actually correct to say "I'm doing great"...
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Is this noun used as an adjective?

I read this recently in The Economist: At the end of the summit, the French and European officials had claimed a points victory over the Germans by getting them to agree more firmly to a target ...