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 to describe a piece of text that came out too big

Which adjective would be suitable right after "too" to describe a piece of text that took too much space in a document? Your descriptions are very clear, but too _________ . or Your ...
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what's the part of speech of “underground” in following sentence

In the following sentence from CNN: Such fires were once plentiful in Azerbaijan, but because they led to a reduction of gas pressure underground, interfering with commercial gas extraction, most ...
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Is there a comma between nice and long (e.g., a nice long vacation)?

consider this: I want to take a nice long bath. I have read the rules about adjectives (we put commas between coordinate adjectives) but one thing that confuses me is I'm not sure if the word "nice" ...
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The correct comparative to use in this sentence

Comparative adjectives are adjectives that we used when comparing two nouns, pronouns or objects. We add either 'er' or more to the positive form to give us comparative. e.g Nice-nicer, handsome-more ...
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Is the same meaning between using relative pronouns and adjective in sentence?

I want to find a car which is white in a house which is red. I want to find a white car in a red house. Are two sentences above the same meaning?
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“potential good {noun}” vs “potentially good {noun}" vs “good potential {noun}”

A good candidate But what if the candidate has the potential (n) to be good? Should I say A potentially good candidate or A potential good candidate or A good potential ...
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“…saw someone out…”: grammatical role of “out”?

Sentences: My dad is out on vacation. I saw her out on a bicycle. Is the word out an adjective in this context? Or is the word out the short form of out of home? Thanks in advance.
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“Search for the man is still on” in this context

Search for the man is still on. Talks with the country are on for the purchase of the product. Is the word on working as an adjective in this context? Can I say: Maths class is on tomorrow. ...
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an adjective describing too simplistic a view

I need an adjective that would describe a view on some matter of a person who didn't really bother to look deeper into it and, thus, are taking the matter in a very "flat" way, that is, not ...
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Which parts of speech?

Tim was happy about being accepted as a contributing editor. May I know what parts of speech accepted comes under? Thank you.
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Can “just” be used as a predicative adjective?

When "just" is an adjective, I have always seen it used as an attributive one (ie, before a noun). Examples: a just society a just claim to the land a just punishment It seems to me that, whenever ...
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The school is open from 10 A.M to 5 P.M

I know that open is an ergative verb and it can be used transitively and intransitively and open is also an adjective. The school opens at 10 A.M and closes at 5 P.M. The school is opened at ...
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What does “quite” mean in different contexts?

When I say something is quite clear, does it mean that it's 'so clear' or that it's 'moderately clear but not very'? According to Cambridge dictionary, quite can mean 'very' or 'moderately but not ...
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Looking for an adjective

I am looking for an adjective to describe a pillow that is 'too high / too big /too uncomfortable' to sleep on. Could I use 'bloated'? On the Internet, I saw some people using 'fluffy' (too fluffy) in ...
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Can every adjective be after a noun?

I’ve heard that [noun] [adjective] equals [noun] [that is] [adjective]. But, then can every adjective be after a noun? She is a girl cute. This is a book interesting. The dog black is mine. ...
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Can 'whole' be used as an adverb?

It rained the whole week except on Sunday. In this question is the word 'whole' an adverb? Or since the word 'week' is a noun, will it become a determiner?
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Why do they say “more richer”?

See this video (a captioned children's story) at 1:34 (1 minute & 34 seconds) They say, "He becomes even more richer than ever before" Is more richer idiomatic? Why don't they say "even much ...
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“viable” in a question

Are both examples viable? compared to Are both viable examples? Could the adjective "viable" change its position in question without violating grammar rules?
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How to use the adjective “absent”?

Can the adjective "absent" which has a negative meaning to it be used with the phrase "there is" or "there are" as, in their affirmative form, these are meant to assert the presence and not the ...
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Use of phrase before adjectives

In sentence below should i use '' ten dollars lower '' before the word '' price'' or after . Or both gives same meaning. He offered me ten dollars lower price than you He offered me price ten ...
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at + adj? is it correct?

She got married at 25 when she was at her most beautiful. The meteorological data for the period 2000–2017, when data are at their most reliable, were used in this study. Are these ...
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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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Is there an adjective that means “elsewhere”?

Let's say we have an example: Sorry, I just meant something I observe in elsewhere discussions, not in our past topics Since elsewhere is an adverb, not adjective, the example is ungrammatical. "...
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Verb + object + to sb + adjective

Our own identities were simply given to us complete. Why doesn’t the adverb ‘completely’ comes, but adjective ‘complete’ to the end of the sentence above? Is it because that ‘complete’ modify the ...
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Hyphen with multiple adjectives

A five-year-old whiskey A five year old boy Should multiple adjectives describing a noun be hyphenated?
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Preposition “In”

Why is there no preposition(to) before the word "afraid" in this quote? Sometimes the fear won’t go away, so you’ll have to do it afraid.
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Evidence that clears someone of charges [closed]

Is there an adjective for "evidence" with subj meaning? It would be an antonym for "incriminating". I've checked "absolving" and "clean(s)ing" but they don't seem to be used in such a combination.
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Is this phrase-adjective grammatically correct?

Is this phrase-adjective grammatically correct? This push-onto-the-core network sends packet onto its core and then the core sends it to the destination after reading the packets. This is ...
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When do “empty” and “full” require another adjective to remove the possible ambiguity?

Does "full" and "empty" always mean "completely" full and empty? Isn't it ambiguous to say: The variable X represent the weight of the container when it is full. when we are talking about the ...
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Confusion in usage of “of” in a sentence

I read the below statement today. "Muhammad Ali was born in the small town of Louisville." Here Louisville is described as a small town. Normally when we use "small town of XXX", are we ...
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What is a positive adjective that describes a person who follows a routine?

I’m writing a character’s description, and I’m stuck on my hero’s “greatest strength”. He is very routine, and organized (which manifests more as he’s responsible and less as stubborn inflexibility). ...
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“Up” as an adjective

We typically say: The roof of the cave is 100m tall. But I just saw in Cambridge Dictionary: The roof of the cave is 100m up. Explain me the usage. Thank you. NOTE: I have been taught up ...
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What part of speech is “my” in the sentence?

This is my book. What part of speech is "my" in the sentence above? This may be considered a silly question to ask, but I have referred to some dictionaries such as Word Master and Oxford's Advanced ...
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Easier accessible?

Is it correct to say “It is easier accessible”? I think the correct way is to say “It is accessible more easily” or “It is easier to access something”. I think that we cannot describe an ...
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The sound of cutting board

I have been searching for a word (verb/adjective) to describe the sound of a knife cutting on a wooden board for a while fruitlessly. What I ended up writing is "intermittent cutting board thumps" ...
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The adjectives of temperature: hot, warm, cool and cold

I have found the information submitted by Clifford H. Prator, professor of English, University of California, in his research paper published in the book "Teaching English as a Second Language". He ...
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Is it grammatical to say “this food is comfortable”?

"the food is comfortable" The person who said it meant "the food made me feel comfortable". My initial instinct was that "this food is comfortable" is incorrect. However, since "this couch is ...
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Putting to+infinitive at the beginning

My question is about the place of to+infinitive in some sentences. For example, 1- Before I went on holiday for a week, I was really eager to study at mathematics. I know this is correct. How ...
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Does “quantitative” have a comparative and a superlative?

While academic fields can create their own algorithms for field-specific problems, they are all joined together by the same basic concepts about finding the best and most quantitative ways to ...
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Adjective or adverb before another adjective

I am aware that adjectives only modify nouns, while adverbs modify everything else (verbs, adjectives and other adverbs). However I'm experiencing some difficulty identifying these two expressions ...
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very impressed-->dead impressed (adjective)

Instead of using "very", which is annoyingly too common, would it not sound awkward if I use "dead"+adjective: My friends would be dead impressed if they saw me wearing the latest Prada bag that ...
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The more + the + comparative degree

I've read a sentence: The more the sincere one's effort is, the faster their growth is. I feel something wrong in this. 'The more' may be followed by a noun phrase perhaps such as 'the+ more + ...
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adjective for a success in the growth of freedoms of citizens in a country

If financial situation of citizens is growing, we would call it economic success in the country. If the population is growing, we call it a demographic success. What if citizens' freedoms (like ...
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Word order of “carefully thought” vs “thought carefully"

He thought carefully about his decision. He carefully thought about his decision. In general, how do I determine if an adverb should be placed before or after a verb? In this example, which is the ...
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Tomorrow used as an adjective

Is the following sentence correct? He has given me a lot of documents to read before the presentation tomorrow. I think it should be He has given me a lot of ...
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A term for an island reclaimed from sea by adding sand

What's the correct English term (adjective or a noun) for an island or a small peninsula that have been reclaimed from the sea by merely adding a lot of sand (gravel, dirt, stones, etc.) to the sea? I ...
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Adverb instead of adjective

I read the sentence “Last Christmas I was poorly” and don’t understand why an adverb is used to describe a person instead of the adjective “poor”. Is it an exception?
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ED endings: identifying Adjectives or Verb Past Participles

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this. In the passive voice, we could see sentences like these:    "The car is heated."    "His spirits are lifted."    ...
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with “s” or without “s”

Is that sentence right and sound correct at all (about "both")? I think "time" is an adjective. This is true? 'At, in, on' and ''to' are used as both time(s) prepositions and place prepositions in ...
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Is “to board Flight 139” an attribute or complement in this sentence?

I am trying to diagram this sentence: This is the last call for passengers to board Flight 139 at Gate 57. Here is my specific problem: I'm not sure "to board Flight 139" here is either attribute ...