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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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{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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How to Identify Past Participle in passive voice & Adjectives

Que 1: Are below sentences examples of Passive Voice? Que 2: Are Was Exposed and Was Admitted used in below sentences as Adjective? a) Her husband chided her and her lover after their affair was ...
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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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What form or what do you call adjectives that are “somewhat” of something? [on hold]

Soz, not a native speaker. Let say, reddish, it means somewhat red. English has superlative and comparative forms, is their a name to an -ish adjective or somewhat + adjective?
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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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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 ...
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What does the same-ish mean?

I encounter such a sentence in a homework assignment: It seems that the burn-in is adequate, that they are all converging to the same-ish posteriour value, and that there is good mixing. I don'...
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Can “ready” come in sentences without being preceded by “get/be”?

I found "ready" in sentences preceded by either the verb get or be when it functions as an adjective, not a noun, like the following: She was ready to take the exam. Get ready for what will happen ...
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An adjective for the terms in the polynomial appearing after a given term

I want to write a math sentence about polynomials. A polynomial is, by definition, the sum of monomials, and those monomials are often called terms. The terms are ordered by some given rules. My ...
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Does an adjective change meaning in “in length”?

When an adjective is used in structure “ in length “ as is the case with sentence below, does it change it's meaning ? We can cut lumbers into 5 meters in longest length . If this sentence are ...
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Use of rotating in two different form

There are two senteces below which i wrote. In these sentences, i used rotating in two diffrent form. I am sure that second one is correct.I wrote the first sentence based on the phrase “ a 360 degree ...
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Which one is correct as adjective “protruding” or “protruded”?

I saw a phrase saying “protruding eye”. Shouldn’t it be “protruded” ? I couldn’t understand why -ing is used instead of -ed and how the -ing form is used as an adjective here.
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The use of the adjective “narrow” as an adverb

Tell me please if the following use of the adjective is correct. You hands are too far apart. Grab the bar narrower and chin up. What I want to communicate is hands being closer together is better....
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“Up” is adjective or adverb in this context

Sentences: Further up the hill there was a small house. Further up in the hill there was a small house. He is up the tree. He is up in the tree. In example 2 and 4, up seems to be ...
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The difference between Laughed and Laughing in my sentence

I have two phrases but I can't understand what's the difference between them. I will make you laughing. and I will make you laughed.
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use of word “Like” in the beginning of a sentence

Like smaller companies, the larger companies, continue to be impacted by the advancements in technology. Can anyone help me understand what function the word "Like" has in the sentence? Is it a ...
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A problem regarding determiners as the object

In an editorial I found a sentence. It notes that East and South Asia have the highest number of deaths due to air pollution; by one estimate, it killed about 1.24 million in India in 2017. Here ...
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Kids! You're (disgusted/disgusting)! Don't talk with your mouths full! adjective when ended with ed or ing

Kids! You're (disgusted/disgusting)! Don't talk with your mouths full! I would like to know why the answer is disgusting?
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Adjective form of “over the years”

Adverbs to. Adjectives quickly to quick , well to good My problem is: He has earned the money over the years. Can I say: The money is his over-the-years earning? Thank you....
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A problem regarding superfluous constructions

There is a sentence that I found in an editorial. Victory in Baghouz will also mean the IS’s territorial caliphate is shattered. According to cambridge dictionary meaning of caliphate is an ...
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a predicative adjective in an atributive clause OR an postpositive adjective?

These are/were the images presented by us. Is "presented" in this case a postpositive adjective or a predicative adjective in an attributive clause? In case "presented" is a verb here, can I use it ...
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Adverbs before adjectives

Generally speaking, adverbs modify verbs, and adjectives modify nouns. However, I guess adverbs can modify nouns as well. With that said, I recently came across the following sentence that just struck ...
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I need some help with Croquet-Ground [closed]

What's the meaning of "The Queen’s Croquet-Ground?" It's a chapter title , from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
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Why can't I say 'I am much happy now'?

As far as I know, to use "much" with an adjective, the adjective has to be in comparative form. For example, much happier, much prettier, etc. And it is used with nouns; I don't have much time. I ...
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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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Should “above” and “below” be put before or after the noun? [closed]

Please see the above picture. Please see the picture above. Please see the below picture. Please see the picture below. Are the sentences above correct in terms of grammar?
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The use of “specific”

Her job is specific to answering phone calls. The sentence above seems a bit awkward to me. What is meant here is that her job is to answer phone calls; that's her only responsibility. But it's ...
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The way to use ''less'' in senteces

My mom told me to add one spoonful of sugar less than amount in recipe into cake batter. The word ''less'' always confuses me. Is the way "less" is used in the sentence correct? If so, is it an ...
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What is the difference between “The longest” and “Longest”

hello guys i came across a question that is: Mammoth Cave in Kentuck,Whic is ...... cave in the world,has 345 miles of subterranean passageways. i reduced the answers to the longest and longest.But ...