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Are there adjectives in English that are still adjectives when adding -ly to it?

More precisely, I mean words that would be originally adjectives, and that would still be adjectives when adding the -ly suffix to it (even if the meaning is different).

For example, elderly is, as elder can be used as an adjective. Lone is as well. Are there others?

(I have read this question but it is asking about whether there are nouns that turn into adjectives (as opposed to adverbs) when you add -ly. I'm asking about whether there are adjectives that remain adjectives after adding -ly.)

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  • Hmm this question focuses on nouns, while I'm rather asking for adjectives – servabat Dec 17 '14 at 10:44
  • But elder and good also act as nouns, and is on the nominal sense that the -ly forms are built. – StoneyB Dec 17 '14 at 10:49
  • @servabat If the answers to the linked question do not answer your question to your satisfaction, you can edit your question to explain why. If you don't do so, your question is at risk of being closed as a duplicate. – starsplusplus Dec 17 '14 at 12:57
  • @starsplusplus : well I had a satisfying enough answer (in that post), should I still edit it? – servabat Dec 17 '14 at 12:59
  • @starsplusplus : I meant, the answer on this question, not on the linked one. – servabat Dec 17 '14 at 13:04
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'elder' is an adjective! I can say 'This is my elder/eldest sister' at any age (though I would say 'older/oldest'). Adding 'ly' changes the distribution - we can only say 'My sister is elderly' (not true in my case). Two more that I've found after brief research are 'lone' ('This is the lone ranger' v 'This is the lonely ranger' v 'The ranger is lonely' but *'The ranger is lone') and 'live' ('a live television show' v 'a lively television show' v 'the television show was live' v 'the television show was lively').

  • Thanks. I was thinking to coward, is that correct? – servabat Dec 17 '14 at 11:12
  • 'Coward' is a noun. Even if we say 'This is my coward brother', it's still a noun, even thought it's modifying another noun. – Sydney Dec 17 '14 at 12:18

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