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passive voice clauses act like an adjective

So, I have a sentence: The paintings stolen from the museum haven't been found yet. The phrase stolen from the museum acts like paintings which were stolen from the museum, so could it be an ...
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What is the adjective/phrase that best describes an inconsistent/irregular weekly earnings pattern?

This is a word- or phrase-request question. Question: What is the pair of adjectives that best describe a [consistent/regular] weekly earnings pattern and an [inconsistent/irregular] weekly ...
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What's the grammar of these sentences? Reduced adjective/adverbial clauses? How?

I'm trying to improve my writing, hence I started looking at some examples expressing a single goal in different form of sentences. I found this example which I couldn't figure out its grammatical ...
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possessive form or adjectival noun

I cannot see a pattern or rule that enables me to decide whether I should use possession structure or adjectival noun. election results: No one writes election's results and election is a modifier ...
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Wormlike, worm-like or worm like?

How does one write that something is like something else using "like" as a suffix? Possibilities that come to my mind are: X-like Xlike X like Which of these forms are most common? X could be a ...
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“Your clothes are small size” — Is this grammatical?

I am having trouble with this sentence: Your clothes are small size. Would it be correct if I changed it to either: 1) Your clothes are small-sized. (=adjective) 2) Your clothes are small ...
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Can “In a timely manner/fashion” describe a noun?

I want to use the phrase "in a timely manner" like this: Such a timely manner answer! It is supposed to function as an adjective that describes the noun "answer", but I find it awkward beside the ...
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“That three days ago comment” - when referring to a comment

Is it correct to specify the period of a comment since its insertion when referring to it, like instead of saying: There is a comment that has been submitted three days ago in which it has gained ...
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Using adverbs or adjectives before “present participle adjectives”

I am not sure about the difference between using "ly-formed adverbs" and using "sole adjectives" before "present participle adjectives". I think in the first sentence "relentless" qualify "beating ...
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Comparison grammar in The Lord of the Rings

I was reading The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and I came across a sentence in which I don't fully understand its grammar. ..., and when they rose taller they seemed than mortal men. I think ...
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Reduction grammar [closed]

Is the below an adjective phrase? "to keep something warm, causing it to develop, esp. to keep eggs warm until the young are born:"
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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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Participle acting as an adjective

There was a gap in the hedge with some barbed wire strung across it. Is the phrase strung across it a participle acting as an adjective to describe barbed wire? Also, can which was be understood to ...
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Home vs at home

I'm at home. I usually take my breakfast home (without preposition). I usually take my breakfast at home(or at my home ;with preposition) In the first sentence, at home is an adjective preposition ...
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Nominal to-infinitive clause as complement of an adjective

Source: "A Cmmunicative Grammar of English" by Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik (p.328-329) As you can see, the book says: ● Nominal to-fininitive clause as subject: To say there is no ...
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Use of “in a manner“ in different ways

As far as I know it is correct to say “in a better manner”. Can I use adjective after “manner” like: in a manner better
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What is the word-building of “health aware” and “autonomy-supportive”?

I have seen such patterns several times but don't know what the pattern is. For instance this title: Autonomy-Supportive Teaching: What It Is, How to Do It and this also this one: Health-Aware Model-...
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What is the difference between first hand and hands-on?

For example, which one fits in this context better? Working as a teacher, she has hands-on experience with suspected drug user students. Working as a teacher, she has first hand experience with ...
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Is the sentence “I'm an American by birth.” correct?

Is the sentence "I'm an American by birth." correct? My teacher told me we cannot say "an American".
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“Gathering evidence” vs. “Evidence-gathering”

I want to know, if there is any, the difference between the following sentences: 1) He was responsible for gathering evidence. gathering evidence And 2) He was responsible for ...
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'Left middle finger' or 'Middle finger of left hand'?

If I write about a person's identification mark, which of the following two sentences is better? 1. A black mole on the left middle finger. 2. A black mole on the middle finger of the left hand.
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Can a blunder be egregious?

A blunder is by definition already a serious mistake, can we use an egregious blunder implying an extremely bad error? The context:
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-based with a two-word term

There is a technology called Spring Boot. I am describing a process built on this framework. I want to say an approach based on Spring Boot but rephrase it by using an adjective with the suffix -...
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About short attributive clauses in English

I have a problem that is hard to solve/ code that is not working anymore. vs. I have a hard-to-solve problem/ not-working-anymore code. (hard-to-solve/ not-working-anymore are not really words in ...
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Order of bare webroot folder blog expression

I used such a phrase in my tutorial blog: bare webroot folder blog. It is quite long but I don't know if the order of words is proper. The sense of use this phrase is that somebody creates such a ...
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What is the meaning of 'a little too + adjective'? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of the phrase "a little too + adjective" ? For example: This is a little too hard for me. Does it mean same as: This is slightly hard for me. ? How are the following ...
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When [it is/was] necessary

I know that instead "where it is necessary" one could say "where necessary". Does it also work for past tense? For example I added a description in description field where it was empty Can it be ...
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'get up to speed with' or 'get up to speed on'

A) We work to ensure that our technical staff are up to speed on new technologies. B) We work to ensure that our technical staff are up to speed with new technologies. C) We work to ensure ...
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Adjective to describe that a date is now in the past

I'm trying to formulate to a website user that he can't modify a date anymore because this date is now in the past. So for I'm at "You can't modify a campaign start date after it's exceeded" (...
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“other than” or “different from”?

Consider: There are three balls: one is 1kg, another is 3kg, and the other is 5kg. I am trying to describe the ball of 3kg in a complicated way as follows: I need one ball other than/different ...
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Usage of “factual”

From Netflix to open London commissioning base: Broadcast understands that Diego Buñuel, who joined the business from Canal Plus in April, will head factual for the division. Factual is an ...
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Mary's house is near to/next to the hair salon.

Mary's house is _____ the hair salon. Do you think you can find it? a. Near to b. Next to When I was filling out this question, my answer was "near to" but is wrong according to the page. So ...
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Shouldn't it be “Milo Yiannopoulos–endorsing activists”?

I came across a sentence in a fresh Buzzfeed article: At the California College Republicans Convention this spring, a war was brewing between loud, unapologetic, Milo Yiannopoulos–endorsed ...
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Can adjectives in the dependent clause be used to describe the subject when they follow it?

Can I use adjectives in the dependent clause to describe the subject of the sentence like this? Is this grammatically correct? Her voice cut through the night, hoarse and scared. (Are "hoarse" and "...
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Is there a difference in meaning between these two phrases?

First phrase Computer speed-up and repair Second phrase Speed-up and repair of computer Is there a difference in meaning between these two phrases? Which of these phrases is more suitable for ...
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“gas killing animal”… Is it a correct or is it a confusing structure?

I heard this expression (gas killing animal) on TV news, when they reported that Trump referred to Esad(syrian leader) like this in a tweet, because Esad was reported to have used a chemical gas and ...
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Is “clear of” an adjective phrase in this sentence?

I came across this sentence in an online article United are currently second in the table, seven points clears of their north west rivals after seven games, level on points with neighbours ...
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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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Adjectival phrase or adverbial phrase?

She has too much pride to pull the sheets above her head. Is above the head modifies sheets or pull?? To my understanding, it can be either. She can pull the sheets that above her head off ...
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meaning of 'a theory of political human nature'

Which one is the meaning of 'a theory of political human nature'? a theory of the political nature of humans a theory of the nature of political humans I myself guess the first one is meant. The ...
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Spiritual invocation

The priest read spiritual invocation and blow over him to cure his disease. Does the Adj 'spiritual' go with the noun 'invocation' as far as sense is concerned? Here spiritual invocation means 'holy ...
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Can the adjective phrase describe the object of a sentence like this?

Could you please tell me if the sentences I have written are grammatically correct? Can I use adjectives to describe the object of the sentence like this: He hung the flowers on the wall, dried and ...
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when I was at the hospital

Can one write a. The attacks when I was at the hospital were mild. b. The attacks during my stay at the hospital were mild. ? In these sentences 'when I was at the hospital' and 'during my stay at ...
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“yellow useless part” or “useless yellow part”?

This may be a simple question but it has me confused. Is it "yellow useless part" or "useless yellow part" in the sentence below? He threw the yellow useless part of cigarette. By useless yellow ...
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“characteristic of this ongoing phase”

Then, in the West, a noonday crisis occurred as Christianity clashed with modernity, with secularization and a popular belief in “the death of God” characteristic of this ongoing phase. http://halik....
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“Sharp” (openings, games) in chess: meaning, register, is it related to or different from general usage?

It's about sharp (Dictionary.com, Merriam Learners, Merriam-Webster, American Heritage Dictionary). Only Wiktionary mentions a chess context with the meaning "tactical; risky". On Chess SE, the top ...
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Can a preposition be used before “that”?

Can a preposition be used before "that"? For example: The house in that I live is nice or maybe: The house that I live in is nice I think which is correct in these cases but why? Could someone ...
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How is this type of job described in English? science/scientific advisor/counselor? [closed]

I am a Spanish speaker and I need to set what I am in English. My clients are dentists. They come to me when they are in the last year of their university (grade, master, etc.). I help them to do ...
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How to say if I want to select a few largest sizes of apples?

I want to say, for example, I have many apples, I want to select some apples according to the descending order of size, but I don't want to explicitly mention how many apples I select, I just select ...
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Is it true that “bad/good guys” always requires a definite article before itself? If yes, why?

Because I've never heard this collocation without a definite article. For instance: "You look just like one of the bad guys" or "Damn you, I thought you were the good guys!" And in both given examples ...