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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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Adjective + noun + noun + noun

In the phrase "appropriate substance use information", what noun does appropriate modify? I'm guessing it is information, is that correct? Is this a general rule? How would you go about modifying ...
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Use of *Increased* as an Adjective.

Is increased here used as an adjective like "window is broken"? a) My salary is not increased. b) Prices are increased. c) Profit for this month is increased. I am aware that increased is ...
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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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Do “The worstest” exist in english?

I am wondering if the word "the worstest" exists in English? It seems like people sometimes use it.I have never found it in my English grammar book. I am trying to find if it is a common mistake or ...
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… needs restricted firearm

The Chief Firearms Officer is interpreting “needs” in the Firearms Regulation two different ways for their own uses. The same word “needs” is used in the identical passage, except for what the bearer’...
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Can I use the word 'subsequent' like this?

Is it correct to say? achieve something by extending something and subsequent finding something I've search the internet, but I couldn't find an example of subsequent + gerund. The whole ...
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would be/ was/ were - differences [duplicate]

1.Around midnight, as we left the previous year behind and moved into the new year, my mom would be busy cooking for the guests. I didn't like crowds so I stayed in the living room watching the telly. ...
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Concrete evidence vs. obvious evidence

Which of these two words -- concrete and obvious -- can we use in this sentence, or are they both possible? "The Moon's surface shows _________ evidence of having been affected by impact cratering,...
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Are the suffixes -al and -ar the same adjective suffixes? if not why? [closed]

This picture is about specific examples of these two suffixes.
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Several instances of the same object with different adjectives: singular or plural?

Should I say I've got a red, a blue and a yellow balloons. or I've got a red, a blue and a yellow balloon. ?
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Velocity- and displacement-proportional forces

I have troubles building compound adjectives and enumerating them. In my field (mechanics) we deal with forces which are proportional to displacement or velocity. We tend to call them "displacement ...
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“ate an animal raw” or “ate a raw animal”

To Kill a Mockingbird “if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off.” I want to know the difference between I ate a raw animal ... and I ate an animal raw.
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Make something higher

Can I say :” make something five meters higher “ or “ make something higher by five meters “ ? I mean Can I use “ five meters “ in these ways ?
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As+ adjective + as (comparing the subject with itself)

In the sentence, "When one considers the many ways by which organisms are completely destroyed after death, it is remarkable that fossils are as common as they are.", what is referred to by the word "...
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Old, rusty, electric fan or old rusty electric fan (adjective)

When you are writing this electric fan description... Old, rusty, electric fan. Or Old rusty electric fan. Which is correct? Do I have to always use sentence1 in every situation? I find that ...
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“Black skin” Vs. “Black-skinned” Vs. “with black skin”? [closed]

Are all these expressions correct? 1) A person with black skin 2) A black-skinned person 3) A black skin person 4) A person skinned with black 5) A person skinned black 6) A person of black skin
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On the correct usage of “as is”

I have a sentence like: We find 3 common strings as is. What I mean in the sentence is that I find 3 common strings between two files appear as is. Shall I use "as-is" or as is?
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Why does “common” come after “diseases” in “diseases common among older people”?

I have a question about below sentence: Diseases common among older people my problem is why "common" which is an adjective in this sentence has come after the subject "diseases"? Thanking in ...
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Can “drink” and “eat” take object complements?

I want to drink the coffee cold. I don't want to eat the soup cold. Quite a lot of times I've come across such a sentence in which people wrote "drink it cold" or "eat it cold", but I have no ...
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Bone-rattling vs. bumpy

As an ESL, I only know that when the road your travelling on is rough, I describe it as "bumpy". Road in provinces is usually bumpy. Compared to: Road in provinces is usually bone-rattling. Is ...
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if Quick means “moving fast”, why Car is quick does not work? [closed]

I have always learned that quick relates to more to time (a quick break) and fast relates more to physical speed. However, Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries state that Quick: Moving fast or doing ...
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Is the word “dairy” in “dairy farmer” being used as a noun or adjective?

Is the word "dairy" in "dairy farmer" being used as a noun or adjective?
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Is LESS is a Adjective or Adverb in the particular context

You are paying less attention to your studies than you used to do. What is “less” in this sentence? A. Noun B. Verb C. Adverb D. Adjective I was studying English mcqs at a particular website which ...
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A (Director's name) movie - why not possessive?

I have just watched a movie and noticed, during the opening credits: A James Cameron movie Why it is not "James Cameron's movie" when it actually is his film (in a sense that he directed it). Why ...
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Which adjective word can I use for describing the network can not pass data?

If have two networking devices using a link connected them, but the networking between them can not switch data to each other. I mean the physical is connected, but they do not meet the protocol so ...
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Which one is right? “person guilty” vs “guilty person”?

In the book of "1100 Words You Need to Know", about "felon" word, the following definition was presented: "person guilty of a major crime" I am wondering the following one should be right: "...
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Which part of speech is “left” in this sentence?

I've always thought (perhaps, erroneously) that if there is some ambiguity in determining whether the given word is an adjective or a past participle, you need to look at whether the "source" of ...
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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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Using pp after a name as an adjective

If I want to mention the condition in which something, for example the light, is exposed to something else like the wind and I am exposed to the first thing (the light), can I say: I am exposed to ...
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Use of enough with Noun

Carrying to term a pregnancy against one's will is punishment enough -- in fact, it can amount to torture, according to the United Nations Human Right Council. I found the above sentence in New York ...
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Is there difference in meaning between these three sentences?

Is there difference in meaning between these three sentences? He was working less hard than it's usual. He was working less hard than usual. He was working less hard than usually.
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why is 'late' adjective

why is 'late' adjective in the below sentence ? I didn't understand why. It is like a verb or adverb. I was late.or I was shocked.or Children get bored very quickly I found those sentences ...
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Is “considered” Adjective?

Is considered adjective in the below sentence? If it is adjective, why is it adjective? That could be considered 'best practice'.
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What is the word for your nationality if you are from Singapore?

Which of these is grammatically correct in response to "What is your nationality?"; “Singapore” or “Singaporean”?
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adjective to describe a video device with a lot of functionality

What's the right adjective to describe a video device like a camcorder or VCR that has a lot of functionality? For example, Wow! this camcorder/VCR is quite ________________ !
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Why saying “so long an absence” instead of “a so long absence”?

I have usually seen "a + adj + noun" instead of "adj + a + noun". In the sentence below, why the speaker used the latter? Did he want to transfer a special meaning e.g. emphasizing on the adjective, ...
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Should it be “carefully” instead of “careful” in this sentence?

He paused outside the doors, taking stock of his men, careful not to give any sign of his thoughts. (source) My understanding is the phrase "careful not to give any sign of his thoughts" is an ...
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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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Why is “difference” used following “is”?

Could anyone please explains to me when to use "different" and when to use "difference"? I searched the web about that and I have seen that difference is a noun and different is an adjective and for ...
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“taste different” or “taste differently”? [duplicate]

Tell me please if it correct different or differently in the following sentence. But eggs can taste different/differently depending on how fresh they are, the way they're cooked and the diet of the ...
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actual and actually

Is there any practical difference between the following sentences? a. That's the actual reason I'm going. b. That's the reason I'm actually going. I'd appreciate your help.
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How frequent or how frequently?

What would be the correct grammar? Should I use adverb after how? How frequent you do this? or How frequently you do this?
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What is the difference between each and respective?

Consider: A hotel has 10 rooms, and each room had a different room temperature at noon on a certain day. When the temperatures are graphed, which of the following is better as explanation of the graph?...
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I had no difficulty to do /doing

Although I know that the structure of I had no difficulty (in) doing something is grammatically correct, would it be completely wrong to say I had no difficulty to do something.
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Are these permanent compound adjectives?

I've searched in google and I found a website that said: {When a compound adjective consists of a noun plus an adjective, hyphenate this combination whether it appears before or after the noun. here ...
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How can I arrange these adjectives?

Is this sentence correct? (I need it as a title). Muscular enhancement exercising aiding method. I am not sure if one of the following sentences is the correct: Aiding muscle exercising ...
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Door is opened vs Door is open vs Door open

I know that the 1st one is a passive voice, 2nd is a state of the door (which is opened) and opened here is an adjective, right? But when do we use the 3rd one? I'm pretty sure that I've seen it ...
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Opinion adjective + opinion adjective

We often use (opinion + fact) adjective for example : "an interesting young man" , "a nice long table" etc. And also we use (adverb+adjective) for example : "a reasonably cheap restaurant" , "an ...
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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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Confusion of comparative adjective and/or adverb in a sentence

An adjective is that which tells something about a noun or a pronoun. And an adverb is that which describes a verb. However, I find sentences where an adjective is used to describe a verb as follows: ...