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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Are those alternatives exactly equal to what they replace: “very + adjective”?

Thanks to this cool webpage, I got the following rich adjective vocabulary list: Furious —> Very angry Gorgeous —> Very beautiful Massive —> Very big Dull —> Very boring ...
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correct usage/sentence structure

The terrorists had used their influence — fear— to keep the women as prisoners. The power of believing in the myth (fear) kept its spirit alive. How should these types of examples be punctuated? ...
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Using adjective before the word “something/someone”

We normally use these kinds of sentences: I need something strong or I have to hire someone intelligent. Here, the words "strong" and "intelligent" modify the nouns something and someone.So,we can ...
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a numerous population [closed]

Can the adjective numerous naturally modify a singular collective noun, as in "a numerous population," "a numerous army," or "a numerous crowd" in contemporary English? Most examples I found date back ...
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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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How to differentiate between an adjective and past participal?

See these examples of 'settled' as an adjective and participle Children are settled now in new school.(adjective) Children are settled by the teacher in the bus.(participle) Now all my friends are ...
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Meanings and uses of the words “numerous” and “innumerable”

My question concerns proper use of the word numerous and of the word innumerable. I am in a problem which is rare: which one to choose even if I consult thesaurus. This is what I have learned so far: ...
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How can “products to be coated” be described?

Products to be coated (with paint or the like) are set in the coating machine, and the coated products are set in the drying machine. I am searching for an adjective that can be replaced with "to be ...
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“to stay focus” or “to stay focused” which of the phrases is correct?

I am a little confused on which is correct. Is it right use "to stay focused, we ..." or say "to stay focus, we...." Please I need clarifications on the uses of the two 2 phrases mentioned above.
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“an off track door”

To describe a sliding door or bifold door coming off its track, I would say The door has come off the track. But it seems increasingly popular to omit the definite article and just say The door ...
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use of adjectives in different places

Are there any difference between two use of adjective in diffrent places in two sentence below ? Does these sentences have different meaning or one of these is wrong? New house was sold at ten ...
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What's the meaning of `noisy` in `noisy scanner`? [closed]

When I watching a video time 2:56 that is a very very very noisy scanner... What's the meaning of noisy there? We know noisy is a adjective word for voice, but what's the meaning of it in there?
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A word to describe tools of the workplace

What group do work or office tools, devices, widgets, gizmos and accessories belong to ? Examples : post-it notes, calendar, address book, kanban board, phone... From my understanding, "stationary" ...
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Do we reply “approve” or “approved” in an approval request email?

If you were to approve the following email: Dear Tom, Kindly requesting for your approval on the enclosed content. Regards, Bob What would you write? Approve. Regards, Tom ...
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uptodate used adjectively or as a preposition

In the following sentence With a view to an amicable settlement, we offer you without prejudice Rs 10000 in full settlement of your claims uptodate I looked up the meaning of the word uptodate and ...
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using 'quite a' with adjective 'vulnerable'

Is it okay to use the modifier 'quite a' with adjective 'vulnerable' in referense to children? I've been using "quite a vulnerable boy" for a very long time and have always found this phrase useful ...
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“Your job is more easy than mine” – is the comparative formed properly?

This post talks about the difference between easier and more easily, which inspired me another expression Your job is more easy than mine is this a proper expression? I guess it is grammatical but ...
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The difference between hard / hardly

I had a discussion with a colleague at work. I was not able to explain why the things are the way they are. I explained him the meanings and so on, with the reason "because". Topped with "take it or ...
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“… more suited.” vs “…more suitable.”

A student presented me this quiz question I am no longer satisfied with my job, and I would really like to find something more ______   A) attracting    C) suited  ...
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Is there a word for a man who behaves like a woman?

Does there exist a word which describes someone who is male but behaves like a female? In Chinese, we say that "他很 (He is so) 娘". Such guys may have the following features (include but not limited to):...
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“less” and “lesser”

I am wondering whether "lesser" can be used predicatively: I received a lesser amount of money. The amount of money I received was lesser than Peter's. If "lesser" cannot be predicative, can ...
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Use of “ missing “ in sentence

Use of missing in sentences below confuses me. I couldn’t understand why “missing” is used in fist sentence before “finger” and why it is used after “finger. I am missing a finger. I have a ...
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the tense to use with “after” / word choice

The UK now faces the threat of £300m in fines after it (fail) ---------------------------- to meet legally binding EU targets to reduce pollution to safe levels. failed or has failed pollutants/ ...
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“Saying sorry won't make you smaller”,

“Saying sorry won't make you smaller”. I'm not sure whether my question is reasonable or not but I was discussing this question with my friends, and got some points by them. We, actually, faced some ...
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Adjectives with -ing

Does the sentence below use present continuous, or is the word "flashing" used as adjective? The lights on your computer is flashing.
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{Is/are + adjective} or {have been+ adjective}?

When to use {have been + adjective} as both sentences look the same. Can anyone explain when to use 'have been' and when to use only 'is/are'? You have been dishonest to me. You are ...
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Why do we use “the” in “ He thinks that the richer he becomes, the happier he will be.”?

"He thinks that the richer he becomes, the happier he will be." Why do we use "the richer" in this sentence?
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Invincible as an adjective for faith and attitude

Invincible means too powerful to be defeated and its another usage is invincible faith or attitude which cannot be changed. I am a bit confused with the usage in the second form. I have written a few ...
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A person who has developed only in one or many aspects of their life

What do you call a person who has been developed in only one aspect of their life? For instance, someone who has just studied and did not achieve any needed experiences in society dealing with ...
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Would “I feel hunger” be an equivalent to “I'm hungry”?

I found this question on ELL where the OP mentioned "I feel anger." and the answerer stated the following about it: [...] I feel anger typically more usually means you feel someone else's anger, or ...
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Verb adjective pattern

She stood tall and started to talk normal. Is this sentence grammatically correct? If so, what to make of the apparently wrong verb+adjective pattern?
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Whether to use direct or directly

I have learned that direct is both adjective and adverb. Then why we use directly in sentences. One of those sentences is- The sun shone directly in my eyes. You will report directly to the ...
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Can a noun be used to describe another noun

While reading an article I came across the following sentence: The more successful group, in terms of their creativity quality of their solutions... Is this grammatically correct? Can a noun be ...
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“Succeeding” as the antonym of “Preceding”

If "succeeding" is the antonyms of "preceding", and they are both adjectives, then can I use "succeeding" as in the following examples: 1- The succeeding word of the adjective is a noun. 2- ...
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noun of (adjective) worth

Could you explain to me why this one is correct: He is a person of great worth. However, this one is not correct. This is cheese of fifty dollars worth. Their structures are identical a person/...
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Adjective rules [make(s)/made+ pronoun+adjective]

I am trying to help non native speakers understand the [make(s)/made+ pronoun+adjective] sentence structure. They are struggling with picking the right adjectives. I am getting sentence such as ...
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Using adjective after what

Can I say for example What useful does this smart fridge do? or do I have to add a noun, for example What useful things does this smart fridge do?
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Why “fiber optic[s]” and not “optic fiber”?

The preferred term to talk about those fast network cables (which are called "fibre optique", literally optic[al] fiber, in French) seems to be "fiber optic[s]". Grammatically there are two ways I ...
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Desolate vs deserted [closed]

Is there a difference in meaning or usage between "desolate" and "deserted" (used to describe a place)?
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Using a past participle adjective before or after a noun?

Why do "past participle adjectives" sometimes come after a noun( especially when "with" was used before them) but sometimes come before a noun( as normally should come) ? 1- Send the email with the ...
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Compare and emphasise on the incident happened `Before`

Suppose person-1 has achieved a milestone today and person-2 achieved two years ago. Now how can I emphasise on this time difference? Since Before is not an Adjective it doesn't have Comparative or ...
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I am feeling well, though not feeling well but feeling good

I was thinking about sentences like: It sounds good It sounds well I didn't see a difference and couldn't understand why "good" was used more often than "well" and I found some interesting example.....
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Can adjectives sound imperative without “be”?

(be) content with your life! (be) quiet! Can't those sentences sound imperative without "be"? I think they can, but am not sure.
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What does “private” mean in “private practice”, “private school” or “private hospital”? [closed]

Specifically in Wiktionary's definition of the word.
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Adjective + to meaning

A sentence from my textbook These people are slow to change their mind. I guess to change their mind is an infinitive clause being a complement of slow. But I don't quite understand the meaning , ...
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adjective “unconscious” after verb “spend” - spend most of that unconscious

I saw this sentence in a test passage. Koalas rest sixteen to eighteen hours a day and spend most of that unconscious. Why is "unconscious" used in the sentence above instead of "unconsciously"? ...
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Use of “short” in sentence

Money you sent turned out $10 short. Let’s say that someone said me that he sent me $100 but in an envelope. But the money he sent was $90 . Can i use “short” as is the case with sentence above.
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Use of ''paid'' adjective

When someone asks me if the public toilets is free or not. Can i use ''paid'' as is the case with sentence below? No , public toilets in this city are paid. if it is wrong please show me what i ...
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“This extreme…” or “This extremely…”?

I know that this question can be applied to other words in their adjective and adverb forms. But as I came across "extreme", I'm specifying my question about it. I have found them both possible ...
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“as much as” or “as many as” forty degrees?

"the temperature can vary by as much as forty degrees" this sentence confused me, following as much as, there is plural word (forty degrees) but it was used with "as much as". Because there is a ...