Questions tagged [adjective-phrases]

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“a ten years old boy” or “a ten year old boy”

1) a ten years old boy is sitting on the couch. 2) a ten year old boy is sitting on the couch. 3) a ten-years old boy is sitting on the couch. 4) a ten-year old boy is sitting on the ...
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“I’m too tired to drive”: Why does removing 'too' make this sentence ungrammatical?

This is grammatical: I'm too tired to drive. but this isn't: I'm tired to drive. Why? How can removing an adverb make a sentence ungrammatical? In a sentence like “He slowly walked down the ...
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Is 'a' implying one of the family?

Mr. Dursley hummed as he picked out his most boring tie for work, and Mrs. Dursley gossiped away happily as she wrestled a screaming Dudley into his high chair. (Harry Potter) Why is ‘a’ put, ...
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Can we use adjective after noun?

People angry with the high prices were protesting. Can we use adjective after noun without verb to be like the example above? Can you tell me what grammar rule is it?
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Too big of a sofa

These kinds of expressions akin to measure quantifiers just blow my mind. For me it has to be "too big gulp of whiskey" and "too big sofa". Especially c), it sounds like you placed ...
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Is “release date” grammatically correct?

Why I always heard something like "Iphone release date and price unveiled". Shouldn't it be "be released" by someone? (Iphone can't release anything itself as a lifeless object) I look up some the ...
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There is a little water in the pot. There is some water in the pot

There is a little water in the pot. There is some water in the pot. What is the difference between them? How can I distinguish these sentences? I am a bit confused.
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How can I figure out whether a word is an adverb or an adjective?

How can we confirm the word modifying an adjective is an adverb which may well be adjective sometimes? In this sentence, what are the parts of speech of 'bright' and 'red'? She wore a bright red ...
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Does healthy or strong go first when used together?

He is a strong healthy man. He is a healthy strong man. Which is the correct answer and why?
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Question about reduced relative clauses: Can “having…” mean both “which had… ” and “which have…”?

I saw a question today asking which one is correct, and the answer is (2) (1) Literacy opened up entire realms of verifiable knowledge to ordinary men and women having been previously considered ...
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different size/color vs different-sized/colored

I am going to make up four sentences with them below. These old different-colored (or different color) pencil crayons are very rare and valuable. The different-colored (or different color) ...
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what is the function of “a foot” in this sentence?

"Tsunami waves may appear only a foot or so high." Does "a foot" function as an adverbial phrase or subject complement?
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Asking about phrase type

‎In a noun phrase “billions of dollars’ worth of satellites” Is “billions of dollars’ worth of” an adjective phrase that modifies ‘satellites’?
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'prevent from willing participating' or 'prevent from willingly participating'?

'prevent from willing participating' or 'prevent from willingly participating'? For example: His active vocabulary is rather limited, but this doesn’t prevent him from willingly participating in ...
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The Questions which are easy to understand” vs “The easy-to-understand questions”

What do we call the following kind of adjective? I saw a text similar to the following the easy-to-understand questions are so important to make our decisions! I have two questions ...
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As awesome as Meaning

What does this As As usually means in sentences, just like in this sentence; As awesome as some of those shows with Jane were, they were nothing compared to Green Day last night I mean, does "as ...
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a ten-year period of documenting…?

This book is the first volume and part of a ten-year period of.. This book is the first volume and part of a ten years period of.. This book is the first volume and part of the ten year period of.. ...