Questions tagged [adjectives]

An adjective is a word that describes a noun. In English the adjective usually (but not always) precedes the noun it describes.

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Correct adjective usage

Weird question, but you see how spicy food can be described by the word “spiciness”? How can one describe the feeling when cold water is drank? Do you know any adjective which describes this best?
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Cowardly - Adjective or Adverb?

In the following sentence, is the word 'cowardly' an adjective or adverb? He acted in a cowardly manner. What I understand is the word cowardly is modifying the verb act. So it should be an adverb. ...
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How to describe a 90-degree down instead of up side down?

In a scenario of a box, up side down is a 180 degree down. But, how to describe a 90 degree down? Such as fall down? Thank you!
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“Spread your legs as WIDE as your shoulders” VS “Spread your legs as WIDELY as your shoulders”

Let's say I am a drill sergeant at a boot camp. In this scenario, I want to tell the recruits that at "parade rest" position, the space between their feet should only be as wide as their ...
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Why can't we write “common place”?

Is "common place" a not valid saying in English? As an example: can't we say like "We will meet in a common place"? Spell checkers always suggest to replace it with commonplace ...
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What is the adjective for each of “upheaval” and “debacle”?

I know some words have their own adjective, and some can be constructed by adding the suffixes like "some", "ic", etc. But how can we mint a neologism, i.e. an adjective, for each ...
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Either much or a lot of [closed]

What should be used in the following sentence Either much or a lot of and why? He has got many friends because he had got ________ money.
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Should there be a comma between a shape adjective and color adjective?

Example: A tall(,) green pole. This site says that cumulative adjectives don't need comma. In my example, "tall" describes shape, and "green" describes color. So they are ...
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Which one is appropriate: “I am taking a recurring training” or “I am taking a recurrent training”

I am emailing my supervisor and I want to let her now that I am taking a training that happens every week at the same time (like a series of trainings).
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Using “opened up ” as adjective

I heard the following in a movie "I want you to open up a little bit" Can I say instead "I want you to be opened up "
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(Large or big) inheritance

I was wondering whether we can swap "large" and "big" in the following example without sounding odd: When her husband died, she came into a large inheritance. I think they both ...
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Any adjective to describe that something I already have?

Is there any existing adjective to describe something I already have? Like, I want to eat the food I already have. I don't want to buy anymore. Is there any adjective alternative for "I already ...
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Should “India soldier 'ambush'“ be replaced by “Indian soldier 'ambush'”?

The Telegraph has this headline: Brutal details emerge of India soldier 'ambush' on contested border with China as Modi tries to calm tension Should India used there be replaced by indian?
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Are both of them correct? [closed]

a. Instead of running straight ahead, ~ b. Instead of straight running ahead, ~ Q1) Are both of them grammatically correct? Q2) If so, do they have the same meaning?
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Parallelizable vs. Parallelable

Which sentence is correct and meaningful? The following computer algorithm is highly parallelizable. The following computer algorithm is highly parallelable.
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Seem to bought the ideas

They seem to bought the ideas from the crooked politician. I believe I have heard the use of "seem to bought" in movies before, but is it grammatical?
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Does it make sense to say something is as _ as something else is _ if the 2 adjectives are opposites?

Does it make sense or not to use this form… A is as X as B is Y …if X and Y are antonyms? For example "He is as tall as she is short" to say that he is very tall?
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A red hard ball vs A hard red ball

We are playing with a red hard ball. We are playing with a hard red ball. Can we use both 'red hard ball' and 'hard red ball'? Are they both correct or one of them is correct? I think both hard ...
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“That's the exactly reason why …” vs “That's the exact reason why …”

exact vs exactly Which expression is right? Or Both of them? And why? "That's the very reason" is another expression with the same meaning?
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Why is “'deep' rural poverty” correct here? in one of the sample questions of GRE exam

When Americans imagine communities with dilapidated homes, barefoot children, and starving adults, they might picture Third World countries. But over 23 million U.S. residents live in __________ rural ...
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How to describe a melody? --in a question of simulated TOEIC

Here is a question in simulated TOEIC. Due to its __ melodies and upbeat rhythms, Taylor Swift's music has broad appeal. (A)simple (B)funny (C)kind (D)common I chose B that isn't the answer. A is ...
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Do we need two adjectives in a sentence to describe this?

He is a good person and a good teacher. He is a good person and a teacher. Do both the sentences mean the same? Does second sentence mean that he is a good teacher or simply a teacher?
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Can the NP be 'adjectival' in function?

I think the following two sentences have the same meaning : Your shirt is of the same colour as John's. In this sentence, the PP ("of the same colour") modifies the NP ("Your shirt"). Here ...
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Which adjective can describe my meaning?

I want to say "during my education, I attended courses which were (applicable/ workable/practical), and hands-on experience in my internship" Or, instead of them, which adjective can I use that better ...
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Adjectives to describe large or small diameter?

I am looking for adjectives to describe the size of tube shape objects such as a rope, stick, bat, or carrot. I want to describe if the diameter is large or small. Do people just say big and small? ...
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Adjective for tax to use in “from a tax standpoint”

Is there any adjective for tax one could use in the phrase "from a tax standpoint"? In French I would say "from a fiscal standpoint" but I don't see the expression in the Google Ngram Viewer and ...
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is there an adjective could describe a very strong belief which is going to be a crazy

how can I describe that i am stick to an emotion, and gradually go into the crazy way. For example, when I broke up with my significant other, I know I should calm down myself, but I still contact ...
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“operates similar to” vs. “operates similarly to”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: It operates similar to the above-mentioned mechanism. It operates similarly to the above-mentioned mechanism. Looking at Google, "operates ...
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“The Haloed Sun”? Shouldn't it be “The Haloing Sun”?

resource: https://www.artic.edu/artworks/126484/the-haloed-sun If I want to portray a deity (take Thor for example) with a halo around him, then should I say "Haloed Thor", "Haloing Thor" or "Halo ...
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Real as an adverb and adjective

Real can be used as adjective as well as adverb. As an adverb meaning of real is very Therefore I think its usage in the following sentence is correct The real important thing to remember is that ...
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How can I say “my constructed sculpture has a bready!! structure”

I want to say : my sculpture is constructed of bread. I searched and found there is not the word of "bready", as well as I could not find a formal word for description. I just want an ...
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His new song is English vs His new song is an English song vs His new song is in English

If I am talking about a song in English by a musician who is not English, can I use these sentences interchangeably to mean the song is in English? His new song is English. It is an English ...
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To vs than usage

Lemon juice is preferable than tea. Lemon juice is preferable to tea. I have seen in many grammar books that only sentence 2 is correct and not sentence1 with “than”. So my questions are: 1) ...
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A geometrical shape

I am looking for a specific name of a geometrical shape if there is any. It is a cylinder. The height is very short relative to it’s large radius. It’s very flat, but much thicker than a coin. Like a ...
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Which adjective can I use here?

The bouncer pulled the two men apart. One of the men had a black eye, while the other had a bloody nose. I assume that the eye wouldn't be black yet right after the fight, so my question is which ...
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should we use a dash “-” between words of an adjective when omit a noun?

I know the question may seem too vague and weird, so let's go right to the example for more clarification: Scholars ask the-upper-class countries to help the-lower-class in the breakout of the ...
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“It was nice meeting you or it was nice talking to you”, What's the grammar?

I'm not sure about this thing, but it has been tormenting me for a while. I can't really understand the grammatical structure of it was nice meeting you. I mean, if nice in itself is an adjective, ...
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Either quiet or quietly

In the following sentence is quietly incorrectly used? I was surprised to see every student sitting quietly in the class, even though the teacher was not present According to my book quietly is ...
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Either proactive or proactively?

What is the difference between the following two sentences? 1.The private sector is responding as well, sometimes proactive and sometimes concurrent with government mandates. 2.The private ...
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Usage of the adverb “largely”

I am confused about the use of "largely", an adverb, in the following sentence I read in a newspaper today India has imposed a largely successful lockdown Here, the adverb "largely" should qualify ...
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Whose all efforts vs All whose efforts [closed]

He is a fortunate person whose all efforts succeed. He is a fortunate person all of whose efforts succeed. Which sentence is correct? My grammar book is saying second sentence is correct. But ...
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“a movie worth seeing” or “a worth seeing movie”

It is a worth seeing movie and you must not miss it. It is a movie worth seeing and you must not miss it. Which is correct? What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Usage of adjectives after noun

I found a boy asleep. I found a asleep boy. Which is correct? My grammar book says sentence one is correct and sentence two is wrong. Why so?
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Possessive case after ALL and BOTH

Set 1: My all efforts ended in smoke. All my efforts ended in smoke. Set 2: My both friends are honest. Both my friends are honest. My grammar book says sentence one in both ...
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Using adjectives with the hyphen (-) [duplicate]

I know that some adjectives are written after the hyphen "-" like sentence one below. Actually I don't know the grammatical rule behind that, but could I replace sentence one with sentence two? ...
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“a suitable man for” or “a man suitable for”

He is a suitable man for any post. He is a man suitable for any post. Which of the following sentences is correct? What is the difference in meaning between these?
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“the most active and energetic” or “the most active and most energetic”?

She is the most active and energetic social worker in our club. My grammar book is saying this is wrong and it should be: She is the most active and most energetic social worker in the club. ...
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usage of definite article

1) I found this book the most interesting. My grammar book says this is wrong and the "the" must be removed and it should be: 2) I found this book most interesting. Doesn't the first sentence ...
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Grammar rule be verb +ed

Please, can you explain me when we can use verb +ed like "you are allowed to..."? I understand that the main meaning is that you are free to do something but I can't find the definition of this ...
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What is correct? “My whole money” “All my money” or “All of my money”?

Recently my English teacher in an example has used "I spent my whole money on...", but I thought whole it's rather used with countable nouns. So I just thought that maybe he made a mistake?

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