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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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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Can adjectives decorate other adjectives?

They would lead to greater naturalness in the graphic depiction of anatomy, clothingn likeness, expression, and landscape. It seems 'of anatomy, clothing, likeness, expression, and landscape' ...
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Adjectives or Verbs in phrase “He has been .. ”

Are these all adjectives tired, selected, hired? He has been tired to study. He has been selected as an entertainer at the party. The job I had been hired to do was no longer needed. Or, these are ...
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A hot-shot business man

"Well-dressed and travels a lot. Are you some kind of hot-shot business man or something?" I see "hot-shot", "hotshot" an "hot shot" used. Are all of them ...
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adjective + to + verb vs adjective + verb+ing

I practice to improve my writting skills. I just learned the following: after adjective we use to + verb. For example, These students are difficult to teach. However, I am confused about the following ...
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Can I use Past Simple and Present Simple in one sentence?

Actually I have two questions: Can I use Past Simple and Present Simple together in the sentence: 'He looked stunned when he realized that she lives here'?! I know about Sequence of tenses but I'm ...
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felt still more gloomily

The following extract is from Frankenstein. Does anyone know why the adverb gloomily is used after the linking verb felt? Yet, as I drew nearer home, grief and fear again overcame me. Night also ...
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widow or widowed?

In the following sentence, should we use widow or widowed? Why? My father died when I was nine, and so my mother was a [widow / widowed] with four young children.
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Is “taken” adjective here?

In this sentence, is “taken” adjective? The imitation process begins when the collection of fashions is presented by models on catwalk through some of photos taken and sent to manufacturers.
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Is there a word describing the feeling when cold water is drank, similar to “spiciness”?

Weird question, but you see how spicy food can be described by the word “spiciness”? How can one describe the feeling when cold water is drank? Do you know any adjective which describes this best?
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Cowardly - Adjective or Adverb?

In the following sentence, is the word 'cowardly' an adjective or adverb? He acted in a cowardly manner. What I understand is the word cowardly is modifying the verb act. So it should be an adverb. ...
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How to describe a 90-degree down instead of up side down?

In a scenario of a box, up side down is a 180 degree down. But, how to describe a 90 degree down? Such as fall down? Thank you!
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“Spread your legs as WIDE as your shoulders” VS “Spread your legs as WIDELY as your shoulders”

Let's say I am a drill sergeant at a boot camp. In this scenario, I want to tell the recruits that at "parade rest" position, the space between their feet should only be as wide as their ...
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Why can't we write “common place”?

Is "common place" a not valid saying in English? As an example: can't we say like "We will meet in a common place"? Spell checkers always suggest to replace it with commonplace ...
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What is the adjective for each of “upheaval” and “debacle”? [closed]

I know some words have their own adjective, and some can be constructed by adding the suffixes like "some", "ic", etc. But how can we mint a neologism, i.e. an adjective, for each ...
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Either much or a lot of [closed]

What should be used in the following sentence Either much or a lot of and why? He has got many friends because he had got ________ money.
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Should there be a comma between a shape adjective and color adjective?

Example: A tall(,) green pole. This site says that cumulative adjectives don't need comma. In my example, "tall" describes shape, and "green" describes color. So they are ...
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Which one is appropriate: “I am taking a recurring training” or “I am taking a recurrent training”

I am emailing my supervisor and I want to let her now that I am taking a training that happens every week at the same time (like a series of trainings).
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Using “opened up ” as adjective

I heard the following in a movie "I want you to open up a little bit" Can I say instead "I want you to be opened up "
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(Large or big) inheritance

I was wondering whether we can swap "large" and "big" in the following example without sounding odd: When her husband died, she came into a large inheritance. I think they both ...
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Any adjective to describe that something I already have?

Is there any existing adjective to describe something I already have? Like, I want to eat the food I already have. I don't want to buy anymore. Is there any adjective alternative for "I already ...
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Should “India soldier 'ambush'“ be replaced by “Indian soldier 'ambush'”?

The Telegraph has this headline: Brutal details emerge of India soldier 'ambush' on contested border with China as Modi tries to calm tension Should India used there be replaced by indian?
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Are both of them correct? [closed]

a. Instead of running straight ahead, ~ b. Instead of straight running ahead, ~ Q1) Are both of them grammatically correct? Q2) If so, do they have the same meaning?
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Parallelizable vs. Parallelable

Which sentence is correct and meaningful? The following computer algorithm is highly parallelizable. The following computer algorithm is highly parallelable.
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Seem to bought the ideas

They seem to bought the ideas from the crooked politician. I believe I have heard the use of "seem to bought" in movies before, but is it grammatical?
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Does it make sense to say something is as _ as something else is _ if the 2 adjectives are opposites?

Does it make sense or not to use this form… A is as X as B is Y …if X and Y are antonyms? For example "He is as tall as she is short" to say that he is very tall?
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A red hard ball vs A hard red ball

We are playing with a red hard ball. We are playing with a hard red ball. Can we use both 'red hard ball' and 'hard red ball'? Are they both correct or one of them is correct? I think both hard ...
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“That's the exactly reason why …” vs “That's the exact reason why …”

exact vs exactly Which expression is right? Or Both of them? And why? "That's the very reason" is another expression with the same meaning?
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Why is “'deep' rural poverty” correct here? in one of the sample questions of GRE exam

When Americans imagine communities with dilapidated homes, barefoot children, and starving adults, they might picture Third World countries. But over 23 million U.S. residents live in __________ rural ...
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How to describe a melody? --in a question of simulated TOEIC

Here is a question in simulated TOEIC. Due to its __ melodies and upbeat rhythms, Taylor Swift's music has broad appeal. (A)simple (B)funny (C)kind (D)common I chose B that isn't the answer. A is ...
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Do we need two adjectives in a sentence to describe this?

He is a good person and a good teacher. He is a good person and a teacher. Do both the sentences mean the same? Does second sentence mean that he is a good teacher or simply a teacher?
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Can the NP be 'adjectival' in function?

I think the following two sentences have the same meaning : Your shirt is of the same colour as John's. In this sentence, the PP ("of the same colour") modifies the NP ("Your shirt"). Here ...

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