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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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lax or laxed vowels?

While both German and English have vowel reductions of some sort, English is much more laxed than German. I found this sentence in a video, I don't see why there is a word "laxed" there. As I know, ...
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H independent or independently sorted?

I read these two sentences: Such an array is said to be h-sorted. Put another way, an h-sorted array is h independent sorted sub-sequences, interleaved together. I don't know the grammar behind ...
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“the US hegemony” or “US hegemony”?

Which sentence is correct, why? There are countries that think they must follow their own interests by forming an alliance against the US hegemony. There are countries that think they must ...
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a man and a woman

a. I talked to a man and woman. b. I talked to a lean man and woman. Does (a) mean they were together? Does (b) mean they were together? Does (b) mean they were both lean? =======================...
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The mainstream media are _____ in/about reporting gossips of celebrities

I want to fill in the blank of the following sentence with an adjective with a meaning similar to "interested/fascinated/passionate..." but I hope the word sounds negative or ironic: The mainstream ...
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What's the adjective for a person who cares much?

For example, I want to say to my mum: "Oh, I could cook something myself. It's better for you just go in the room and rest after this crazy day you had. Mum... thank you for all, you're so ____." (...
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America based company or American based company

I'm surprised to see, that there is no complete agreement on the interwebs on which form is correct. Do we place the based after the nation or the country? E.g. is it South Africa based company or ...
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What's the difference between “I feel much happy now” and “I feel much happier now”?

What is the grammatical difference between: I feel much happy now. I feel much happier now. What is the difference between them in meaning? Can I say that both sentences are correct?
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How are the words “elusive” and “fleeting” related?

In Oxford's dictionary, we can find the following definitions for "elusive" and "fleeting": Elusive: Difficult to find, catch, or achieve. Difficult to remember. Fleeting: Lasting ...
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Choking voice or Choked voice

If you feel Judith speak while weeping, we say: I sensed Judith speak in a choked voice I sensed Judith speak in a choking voice I sensed Judith's choking voice I sensed Judith's choked voice
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(“In … terms” structure) What should be in the blank space? A noun or an adjective or something else?

(In _____ terms, ...) What should be in the blank space? A noun or an adjective or something else? If we can use both of them, what is the difference, if any? He's really tight-fisted, I ...
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Can 'marrowed' be used as an adjective?

I was writing a culinary piece the other day and i wanted to use an adjective to describe a "deep understanding" of the cooking ingredients. I ended up using the the expression "marrowed understanding"...
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I don't know what 'straight' functions as, in “set someone straight”

Don't worry, I set him straight on this matter. I'd like to know what 'straight' functions as. Does it function as being an adverb, or an adjective? I don't know which is well fit to interpret the ...
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how do you describe a car's height?

what is the adjective you use to describe the extent or degree of distance from the roof of a car to the ground is it "a short car" or "a low car"? and is it "a tall car" or "a high car", or maybe ...
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Verbs or adjectives that go with “notebook”

I have used up all pages in my notebook, so I need a new one. How should I put this in English? I (verb) my notebook. I need a new one. or My notebook is (passive verb/adjective). I need a new one.
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Meaning of “as merry a band of children as I had ever seen before or since”

The long awaited moment at last came and we set out for station, as merry a band of children as I had ever seen before or since. What is the meaning of the highlighted text? I think it means We were ...
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difference between “bell ringing” & “ringing bell” and “ car parked” & “parked car”

what's the difference between "ringing bell" & "bell ringing " here: 1- I was awaken by a bell ringing. 2- I was awaken by a ringing bell. and "car parked" & "parked car" here: 1-there was ...
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“Asking price” vs. “Asked price”

Why is the phrase “asking price” instead of “asked price”? Asking price: is the amount of money asked by a seller, so why isn’t "asked price” instead of “asking price” because the price is asked not ...
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Meaning of ' rooted themselves ' in the following context

Awareness beliefs rooted themselves in reason and logic. I referred to dictionary for its meaning but did not find any suitable meaning. Is it correct to say Awareness beliefs fix themselves in ...
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What is the meaning of ( did enough and more ) in following context?

Donald Trump did enough, and more, to mess up his meeting with Vladimir Putin. Donald trump has done more than enough. Is this the meaning of this sentence?
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Meaning of 'at fittest' and 'at finest'

But even Anderson [ at his fittest and finest ] would have struggled against the Serb in this mood, on that stage. (source) What is the meaning of at fittest and finest in this context?
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Innovate something or Innovate on something

While reading I found something freak: With good governance structures and significant new financial grants, the selected public institutions will be able to '[ innovate on ]' courses and encourage ...
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Can a proper noun be used as adjective?

I was reading an editorial in 'The Hindu' and I came across a phrase in the headline: A difficult campaign: on the Pakistan elections Is it correct? 'the Pakistan elections'. I don't know if a ...
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Is “milk is more preferable to tea” grammatically correct?

Is it grammatically correct? Milk is more preferable to tea. I think preferable in itself is an absolute adjective so more preferable does not make any sense but if it is correct please give me ...
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-ridden vs -laden (adjective usage)

Usage of: Scandal-ridden companies, disease-ridden countries, etc. Vs. Debt-laden banks, cynism-laden mindset In terms of -laden and -ridden context, both have the same meaning, which is ''...
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need an adjective to describe something important but not appropriate (see specific example)

What would be a "right" adjective for the following sentence? The sought-after adjective should denote the necessity of the matter but downplay its significance for the time being. job hunter: I ...
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any example of an “active voice” verb used in a “verb-ed” form as a modifier

Not a grammarian, in the following paragraphs, I use the terms "active vs passive" voices to refer to an "executor" or a "recipient" of a verb. I do not know if a demanded job makes any sense in ...
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What are you sorry that you couldn't do?

Is it possible to ask about the part after "that" ? What are you sorry that you couldn't do? Where are you happy that you will go? What friend of yours are you happy will come to visit ...
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What do you call someone who fuses multiple objects together?

What do you call someone who fuses multiple objects together? Is "fusioner" the right adjective of the noun "fusion"? I cannot find it in the dictionaries. EDIT: I am developing a machine learning ...
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Do we have to use adjective complements just after adjectives?

Examples: I had already been very sorry but with your behaviour, I was extremely disappointed. (Instead of "but I was extremely disappointed with your behaviour") I was good at software ...
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This is one of the hardest books in the world to understand

That's the original sentence. This is one of the hardest books in the world to understand. What do you think the function of "to understand" is ? I think it is connected to a whole noun phrase "...
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not well-educated [closed]

Can one write a. A group of not well-educated people are very happy with the new measures. b. A group of people not well-educated are very happy with the new measures. c. b. A group of people, not ...
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Can the adverb “exclusively” in the sentence be replaced with an adjective without changing the meaning of the sentence?

I came across this sentence in an online article. Some medical literature has found that exclusively breastfeeding during the first four to six months of life may decrease your baby’s risk of ...
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“Unifying” or “unified”?

What is the meaning of a "unifying" view vs. a "unified" view on something (e.g., a unifying view on the origin of language)? What is the meaning of a "unifying" vs. a "unified" something (e.g., a ...
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The difference between some sentences with adjective+noun+to do smt/for

I was told that "We are looking for an eager person to work for our company" is not the same as "We are looking for a person who is eager to work for our company" , but the same as "We ...
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Why can we say “Enough money to do something” but not “a ready machine to do something”?

We can say: I have enough money to go to Italy. Which means: I have money which is enough to go to Italy But why does the following sentence not work? I have a ready machine to run for 10 ...
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The complements of linking verbs

We know that the complements of action verbs can be neither an adjective nor a prepositional phrase, but, it seems that that situation changes for linking verbs. He was upstairs. "Upstairs" ...
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What is the difference between “blatant” and “flagrant”

I'm English learner in Korea. In Korean, "blatant" and "flagrant" has no difference. However, the Word Smart 6th edition told me, don't confuse them. But I can't get the difference between them. ...
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Article with absolute adjectives

Can we use article with absolute adjectives? Examples: a) He has complete game of the top10 pros. b) He has the complete game of the top 10 pros. a) It's perfect copier ever invented. b) It's the ...
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How extremely are you afraid of snakes?

I saw some questions just as this and would like to ask you whether this question is possible and grammatically correct in English? I am extremely afraid of snakes. How extremely are you ...
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How scared are you of snakes?

Do you think that it is grammatically correct to ask questions by leaving adjective complements alone? How happy are you about the exam results? How disappointed were you with my last ...
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usage of past participle by itself without companying “to be” or “have” verbs

In the following cloze test Leisure is time spent away from business, work, and household duties. It does not actually include time ..(1).. on necessary activities such as sleeping, and where ...
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Directly asking questions about adjective complements

Can we ask some questions about adjective complements? I was disappointed with your behaviour.(1) Can we ask its question like With what were you disappointed? (2) or What were you ...
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I want to be a good person to invite to a party

Can we say this sentence is grammatically correct English? I want to be a good person to invite to a party. The intended meaning is: I want to be a person who is good to invite to a party. ...
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Attributive adjective usages

today i bumped into this: "The woman responsible for this incident is not here at the moment."(1) The sentence sounds perfectly natural and easy for the ears. However, when i replace "the woman" ...
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How do native speakers say withered or withering in these senses?

The leaf is soft and drooping due to lack of water, may recover after watering. The leaf has turned brown and crumbling.
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The user is logged in vs The user is logged-in

The user is logged in. The user is logged-in. Are both of these sentences correct? In the first sentence, is logged in a participial adjective? If it's not, what is it called and how is it ...
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dead: predicative or attributive?

I know that dead is an adjective. however, in two sentences, He is dead Dead man is over there. I am confused of property of adjective. It seemed that 1 used as predicative adjective, whereas ...
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difference between predicative and attributive adjective

I am confused with the notion of predicative adjective and attributive adjective. I searched about two notions and found out that all adjectives can be used both predicative and attributive way. ...
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drunk and drunken

I want to know the difference between word drunk and drunken. I looked up the dictionary and found that two words have same meaning, someone drinks alcohol too much. About drunk, it could be ...