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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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 [on hold]

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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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 ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “how” and “what” when each is used to start a subordinate clause?

Is there any difference between how and what in the following sentence? Anny was just telling Wendy how she liked to eat the ice cream at the shop. Anny was just telling Wendy what she liked to eat ...
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Is “the below list” correct?

According to Merriam Webster, the word "below" can function as an attributive modifier. (I doubt, however, it is an adjective): Below adjective Definition of below (Entry 4 of 4) : written or ...
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Are those alternatives exactly equal to what they replace: “very + adjective”?

Thanks to this cool webpage, I got the following rich adjective vocabulary list: Furious —> Very angry Gorgeous —> Very beautiful Massive —> Very big Dull —> Very boring ...
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correct usage/sentence structure

The terrorists had used their influence — fear— to keep the women as prisoners. The power of believing in the myth (fear) kept its spirit alive. How should these types of examples be punctuated? ...
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Using adjective before the word “something/someone”

We normally use these kinds of sentences: I need something strong or I have to hire someone intelligent. Here, the words "strong" and "intelligent" modify the nouns something and someone.So,we can ...
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“Your clothes are small size” — Is this grammatical?

I am having trouble with this sentence: Your clothes are small size. Would it be correct if I changed it to either: 1) Your clothes are small-sized. (=adjective) 2) Your clothes are small ...
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How to differentiate between an adjective and past participal?

See these examples of 'settled' as an adjective and participle Children are settled now in new school.(adjective) Children are settled by the teacher in the bus.(participle) Now all my friends are ...
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Meanings and uses of the words “numerous” and “innumerable”

My question concerns proper use of the word numerous and of the word innumerable. I am in a problem which is rare: which one to choose even if I consult thesaurus. This is what I have learned so far: ...
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How can “products to be coated” be described?

Products to be coated (with paint or the like) are set in the coating machine, and the coated products are set in the drying machine. I am searching for an adjective that can be replaced with "to be ...
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“to stay focus” or “to stay focused” which of the phrases is correct?

I am a little confused on which is correct. Is it right use "to stay focused, we ..." or say "to stay focus, we...." Please I need clarifications on the uses of the two 2 phrases mentioned above.
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“an off track door”

To describe a sliding door or bifold door coming off its track, I would say The door has come off the track. But it seems increasingly popular to omit the definite article and just say The door ...
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use of adjectives in different places

Are there any difference between two use of adjective in diffrent places in two sentence below ? Does these sentences have different meaning or one of these is wrong? New house was sold at ten ...
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What's the meaning of `noisy` in `noisy scanner`? [closed]

When I watching a video time 2:56 that is a very very very noisy scanner... What's the meaning of noisy there? We know noisy is a adjective word for voice, but what's the meaning of it in there?
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A word to describe tools of the workplace

What group do work or office tools, devices, widgets, gizmos and accessories belong to ? Examples : post-it notes, calendar, address book, kanban board, phone... From my understanding, "stationary" ...
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Do we reply “approve” or “approved” in an approval request email?

If you were to approve the following email: Dear Tom, Kindly requesting for your approval on the enclosed content. Regards, Bob What would you write? Approve. Regards, Tom ...
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uptodate used adjectively or as a preposition

In the following sentence With a view to an amicable settlement, we offer you without prejudice Rs 10000 in full settlement of your claims uptodate I looked up the meaning of the word uptodate and ...
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using 'quite a' with adjective 'vulnerable'

Is it okay to use the modifier 'quite a' with adjective 'vulnerable' in referense to children? I've been using "quite a vulnerable boy" for a very long time and have always found this phrase useful ...
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“Your job is more easy than mine” – is the comparative formed properly?

This post talks about the difference between easier and more easily, which inspired me another expression Your job is more easy than mine is this a proper expression? I guess it is grammatical but ...
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The difference between hard / hardly

I had a discussion with a colleague at work. I was not able to explain why the things are the way they are. I explained him the meanings and so on, with the reason "because". Topped with "take it or ...
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“… more suited.” vs “…more suitable.”

A student presented me this quiz question I am no longer satisfied with my job, and I would really like to find something more ______   A) attracting    C) suited  ...
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Is there a word for a man who behaves like a woman?

Does there exist a word which describes someone who is male but behaves like a female? In Chinese, we say that "他很 (He is so) 娘". Such guys may have the following features (include but not limited to):...
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“less” and “lesser”

I am wondering whether "lesser" can be used predicatively: I received a lesser amount of money. The amount of money I received was lesser than Peter's. If "lesser" cannot be predicative, can ...
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Use of “ missing “ in sentence

Use of missing in sentences below confuses me. I couldn’t understand why “missing” is used in fist sentence before “finger” and why it is used after “finger. I am missing a finger. I have a ...
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the tense to use with “after” / word choice

The UK now faces the threat of £300m in fines after it (fail) ---------------------------- to meet legally binding EU targets to reduce pollution to safe levels. failed or has failed pollutants/ ...
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“Saying sorry won't make you smaller”,

“Saying sorry won't make you smaller”. I'm not sure whether my question is reasonable or not but I was discussing this question with my friends, and got some points by them. We, actually, faced some ...