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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How does ellipses work in these sentences?

In the book Angel and Demons, Dan Brown says under chapter 3: The camber was dark. Medieval. Stone. To me it looks like a very telegraphic kind of describing a space, which is very different than ...
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Had been operative Vs had been operated

What is the difference between had been operative and had been operated. Example : the machines had been operative at the premises. the machines had been operated at the premises. Would it be ...
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The known unknowns

Is "known" an adjective while "unknown" is a noun here? The known unknowns of T cell immunity to COVID-19 Abstract: Tremendous progress has been made in understanding the role of ...
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Adjective form of “develop” as a transitive verb

Can I use developing as an adjective, in reference to something that has developed something else? That is, if I say "It was a developing experience", does it work in the sense 'the ...
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Please explain the use of the word Easy in this sentence

The tennis player, easy through the opening set against her opponent, rallied to take the final two sets for the biggest victory of her young career. Of the following pattern, which one is implied ...
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Order of consecutive determinatives

Is there any accepted order for different determiners? I read in an article that “determiners” come before adjectives, but what about different kinds of determiner? For example: The memory of Lilian’...
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part of speech of 'much' in 'That's too much of a hassle'

What is the part of speech of 'much' in 'That's too much of a hassle'? While this sounds so simple and basic, the answer could not seem to converge on one. The answer may be (a) a noun, although a ...
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Adjective for a fraction that can't be represented in a simpler way

7/21 can still be represented as 1/3, 3/12 can still be represented as 1/4, 2/26 can still be represented as 1/13, but 9/13 can not be represented in any simpler way. So, if I ask a student to find ...
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(Singular or Plural Noun Adjunct) Stories Feature or Story Feature?

What should we call the feature in Instagram and other websites that lets you post stories - "stories feature" or "story feature"? This question is similar: https://english....
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Why do we say AWS service and not service of AWS?

Why do we say in English things like a Facebook post, an AWS service, the Silicon Valley, etc.? In Portuguese, we would say "A post of Facebook", "a service of AWS", and "the ...
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“New” adjective in comparative form

There's a rule about one-syllable adjectives that end in a single vowel and a consonant, that duplicates the consonant in the comparative form: big --> bigger hot --> hotter I've been asking ...
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questions about flabby

He is a bit on the flabby side. Is it clear that this is about weight? Is flabby commonly used this way? Would "flabby" be seen as a comedic way to describe that someone is overweight? ...
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Lexicon usage, adjectives order

He was carrying a nice new black leather briefcase. He was carrying a nice black new leather briefcase. Is there any difference?
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correct adjective: (a clear memory) or (a strong memory) or (a deep memory)

(1) Jack has a clear memory of his most important childhood event. (2) Jack has a strong memory of his most important childhood event. (3) Jack has a deep memory of his most important childhood event. ...
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can i use followed in place of following in following sentence

what if i replace following with followed in following sentence However, schools are supposed to prepare the youths for their lives following high school.
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What is “shut” in “close the door shut”?

I have heard the sentence "close the door shut" a lot. However I am not sure about the function of "shut". Is it an adverb or an adjective here? How do I parse this sentence? I am ...
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is repulsively a correct word?

In the following sentence, does it make sense to use "repulsively" as an adverb? the most repulsively nationalistic sporting event. Generally, what is the best way to find out if an ...
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What is the adjectival form the word “APPEAL”

What is the adjectival form of the word "APPEAL"? does the word meaning change when used in adjectival form? if I write "this poem is appealing" or these poems are appealing. ...
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She's got hair of a raven VS She's got raven hair

She's got hair of a raven Can we just omit "of" when we cannot add a suffix to a noun to turn it into an adjective? For example, She's got raven hair I mean situations where if a suffix ...
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Is “unaware” appropriate here?

Jeff: So what do you think of our new coach? The new coach steps into the locker room. Unaware, Jeff goes on -- Jeff: What an idiot, huh? I mean, who the hell does he think he is? Question: Is "...
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Why is it “Server Side Include” instead of “Server-Side Include”?

Thanks to Lambie I recently learned that compound adjectives are hyphenated, for example server-side request forgery. When looking up server-side include(s), it appears that most places write this ...
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Is there a difference between 'a small smile' and 'a little smile'?

I was really angry but managed a small/little smile. Is there any difference between a small smile and a little smile?
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Is adj+noun=noun+(which to be) adj?

It was not the action intentional = It was not the action which was intentional = It was not the intentional action. Is 1st sentence right and is it grammatically correct? is the 1st sentence equal to ...
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Adjectives in the introductory there structure can come after nouns?

I have seen in some grammar book the following pattern, which allows to place an adjective after a noun: A shelf is empty. ➔ There is a shelf empty. I want to know whether the above pattern is a ...
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Is the number of year plus s used as an adj?

For a sentence from a ACT English test: Her goal was to revive the literary boom of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance of which she had been a part. So my question is, since there is no comma after "...
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Plural adjectives of plural nouns: “Device terminals” VS “devices terminals”

My mother tongue is Spanish. I'm trying to complete a legend for a technical drawing I'm doing. The text I'm writing doesn't have a context that makes it clear what I want to say. I want to put a ...
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If one tool of the kit is intended to be used in another one, then the description should have a reference to another/the other tool?

Which one is correct: If one tool of the kit is intended to be used in another one, then the description should have a reference to ANOTHER tool. If one tool of the kit is intended to be used in ...
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“I have 6 legs, hands, and eyes.” - that sounds nonsensical, doesn't it? How to state a total for a list of items without any ambiguity?

Okay, this might be a very basic question, but I can't seem to figure this out. Usually, a single adjective modifies multiple nouns or noun phrases individually in a series. For example, "expired&...
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Noun after “have been”

Here is a part of ACTIVE Skills for Reading 2, page 137: Humans have traditionally been omnivores, with a diet of both meat and vegetables. But lately it seems we've become a society of meat eaters. ...
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Want + to be + adj or want + adj

Which one is correct? I want him out I want him to be out Thank you very much
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Can I use single adjective with auxilary IS

Can I use only one adjective with auxiliary IS? I/he + am/is + adjective <paragraph> <pronounce>I/he</pronounce> <auxiliary>am/is</auxiliary> <adjective>...
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does anyone help me with the grammar structure of “XXX is likely to cause deaths, both proportionally and in absolute numbers.”

I appreciate any help you can provide. Which part is "both proportionally and in absolute numbers" modifying? Naturally, it should be "to cause," but here "to cause" is ...
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an adjective that makes condition “unbreakable”

I need an adjective that, when applied to the word "condition", makes that condition "unbreakable". In the text below the word "necessary" is used. Is there a better ...
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Is “closed” an adverb or adjective in “pinch your nose closed”?

It is helpful to pinch your nose closed when you have to swallow something that tastes yucky, like cough syrup. In this sentence, how should I understand the word "closed" is it adverb or ...
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what's the meaning of early in this sentence?

Look at this sentence from a Toefl reading exam: Other researchers go even further, suggesting that the data provide evidence for large open expanses of water on the early Martian surface. Here the ...
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an adjective that describes a document that is issued in the very end of a year

I need an adjective that describes a document that is issued in the very end of a year, namely an academic year in school or college. Let's say it is a report card. What adjective would fit here the ...
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One vs. single (when we talk about amount)

When we talk about amount, which word is more correct, "one" or "single"? Remember, you should do it in one step, not multiple ones. Remember, you should do it in a single step, ...
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Romantic as a noun or an adjective?

In the movie Casablanca, Renault tells Rick (@ 16'45"): "I like to think that you killed a man. It's the romantic in me." I can't find this phrase in the dictionary: " it's (...) ...
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first rank or first ranked

which is correct: Sharif University of Technology, the first rank technical university of Iran Sharif University of Technology, the first ranked technical university of Iran I guess rank could be noun ...
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What is the difference between the adjective “health-conscious” and “health-minded”?

What is the difference between the adjective health-conscious and health-minded? For example: Kate doesn't drink or smoke. Se is health-concious, which is a real asset. Kate doesn't drink or smoke. ...
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which one to use 'will open' vs 'is open' for future? [closed]

Which one is correct or wrong? Can you please explain in detail? The shop will open tomorrow. The shop is open tomorrow. The shop will be open tomorrow. The shop will be opened tomorrow. And one ...
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Can I say that a book is “well-guided”?

I need to offer some advice about how a friend of mine can learn a new language effectively. Does the following sound correct? Make sure you choose a well-guided course book with clear and ...
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An adjective to describe a set, in which each element is different

What would be the idiomatic adjective to describe a set, in which each element is different, for example: "apple, orange, plum, pear, lemon, peach" as opposed to a set, in which some ...
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Semantic difference between two different kinds of usage of the participle as an adjective

I am wondering what is the difference between using particles as in (1) and (2) in terms of meaning. (1) We need to revise the plans devised. (2) We need to revise the devised plans. There are some ...
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Can “increased” and “increasing” be interchangeable?

"The expansion of Willis Corp leads to ... needs of new staffs." A. increase B. increased C. increasing D. increasingly They said the correct answer is C but I doubted that so I immediately ...
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Difference between Adjectives

What is the difference in meaning between education and educational in the following examples? Education center and Educational center
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The decoration of the new office block is more/most pleasing

This sentence is from Edgar Thorpe's Objective English. As I know, we should use the comparative adjective to compare between two entities and superlative adjective to compare among three or more. But ...
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It was a ___ experience for me

I'm looking for the perfect adjective in this context. For example, a person is talking about the hard times that he has been through and wants to express how those times have been, in addition to ...
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A word 'Poison' as an adjective

Can the word 'Poison' be used as an adjective? according to two lyrics, it can be Poison heart Poison apple as far as I know adjective for 'Poison' is 'Poisonous', moreover, I couldn't find the ...
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Adjective or noun?

In the sentence "He became captain of the team", 'captain' (noun) is the subject complement of 'became' and 'of the team' (a PP) is the object complement of 'captain'. Since complements ...

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