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In this question, I want to say about the drawing which is less artistic and more problem solving. But problem solving is not adjective, as contrast to artistic.

Is there an adjective for problem solving?

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    What makes you think it's not an adjective? – Stephie Jul 8 '15 at 13:17
  • First thought: "V-ing" is an action, right? Second thought: ahhhhhh, I see what you mean. Make it an answer and I'll accept yours. – Ooker Jul 8 '15 at 13:25
  • We say "The raptors show problem-solving intelligence." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 8 '15 at 13:43
  • @TRomano should I change my question to asking the adjective form for problem solving? – Ooker Jul 8 '15 at 14:17
  • @TRomano But it appears that OP wants a term which can be employed predicatively. And it's not clear whether what's meant is "concerned with solving problems" or "{capable of/engaged in} solving problems". – StoneyB Jul 8 '15 at 14:39
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With the addition of a dash, problem-solving can be used adjectivally before a noun. In fact, a lot of similar adjectivals can be formed with the active participle ending in -ing: habit-forming, all-encompassing, ever-increasing, etc.

English is quite flexible on the way different parts of speech can serve as adjectives. Note that when numerical expressions are used in this way, they are never plural in form. There is a strict rule in English that adjectivals may not be pluralized. That's why you see forms like two-mile hike, three-minute phone call, twenty-year-old girl, etc.

  • May I ask what your native language is? – CocoPop Jul 8 '15 at 14:22
  • You say: "problem-solving can be used adjectivally before a noun". What if there is no noun for it? – Ooker Jul 9 '15 at 10:09
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    Then it's a noun (no dash): He's good at problem solving. – CocoPop Jul 10 '15 at 2:40
  • I mean, is "less artistic and more problem solving" grammatical correct? Artistic is an adj, while problem - solving must be a noun since there is no noun after it. – Ooker Jul 10 '15 at 2:45
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    It depends on the entire sentence. If you wanted to list ARTISTIC and PROBLEM-SOLVING as attributes, you might have to give it a little turn: He would make a good curator because he is both artistic and a good problem solver." or "... is artistic and has great problem-solving skills." – CocoPop Jul 10 '15 at 12:27

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