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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Little or too little

I wonder if there are any differences between in the following sentences in terms of meaning. I have little money to buy a new car. I have too little money to buy a new car. As far as I know, both ...
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“set” as a past participle or an adjective

I wonder if "set" in the sentence below is used as an adjective modifying "patterns" or a past participle as in "have set". Or could it be interpreted in both ways? We ...
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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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Adjective ‘Half’ & past participle ‘halved’

When is adjective or determiner Half used and, when is past participle modifier halved used attributively?
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Which form of adjective should be used? [duplicate]

In the following sentence which form of the adjective should be used? There were three four rooms in the hotel, the smallest/the smaller of which served as the gym. I think it should be the smallest ...
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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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A mother, father or the parents who are very strict toward their children

What do you call a mother, father, or parent who is very severe in punishing their children or sets very strict curfews for them? The adjectives that come to mind are "strict", "stern", and "severe"....
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Which part of speech is “left” in this sentence?

I've always thought (perhaps, erroneously) that if there is some ambiguity in determining whether the given word is an adjective or a past participle, you need to look at whether the "source" of ...
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Pejorative vs negative: what's the difference in meaning and usage?

How is one different from the other in the sense of "criticism, bad opinion, disapproval"? Is one more formal, maybe? I found the following collocations: pejorative term pejorative sense ...
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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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stiff set wings

In the dark the old man could feel the morning coming and as he rowed he heard the trembling sound as flying fish left the water and the housing that their stiff set wings made as they soared away in ...
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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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Rules or Guides on how to distinguish whether to use past participle or present participle in Compound Adjectives?

I've researched about this and can't find any clear rules. I want to know the Rules or Guides on how to distinguish whether to use past participle or present participle in Compound Adjectives? ...
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Street smart: modify adjectives with nouns?

I was confused by the roles of nouns in English. It seems that nouns can modify verbs as stated in this qeustion and adjectives in this example: Do You Know How to Be Street Smart? Source: https://...
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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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What is the opposite to laudatory when describing an adjective?

For instance, when I say that the word "great" is a laudatory adjective. What would the opposite to that be in the case of a word such as "evil"? Thank you.
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Does ‘half the half circle’ make sense?

Can ‘half the half circle’ be used instead of 1/4 circle? Or what should I say to express this? I guess a half half circle or half of a half circle?
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The difference between “each”, “both”, either

The issue is confusing to me. That's what I heard from natives. 1 The house has a door at either end. 2 The house has a door at both ends. Some say that 1 and 2 are correct and mean that there are ...
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Doesn’t an adjective describe a meaning of the noun? [closed]

I don’t understand ‘once-young adult’ is a possible phrase. Adjectives should describe a meaning of a noun, but ‘once-young’ does not qualify the noun because ‘adult’ means an old person.
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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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Adjective rules [make(s)/made+ pronoun+adjective]

I am trying to help non native speakers understand the [make(s)/made+ pronoun+adjective] sentence structure. They are struggling with picking the right adjectives. I am getting sentence such as ...
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What is the part of speech of 'up' in the following sentences

He looked up and saw the stars. The time is up. The list is full of some ups and downs. He has just been upped to the position of a president. My answers are: Adverb 2. Adjective 3. Noun 4. Verb ...
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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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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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When MUST we use noun phrase + adjective , not adjective + noun?

I always catch my students using adj + noun even when it's not suitable but I don't know how to explain why we can't always do that and what the rule is. For example: Mental health issue people need ...
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Confused “Complements and adjuncts” in these sentences “Did I hear this correct?” & “Am I reading this right?”

Source Complements and adjuncts are different. A complement is necessary in order to complete the meaning. An adjunct is not necessary, and adds extra information. Compare He put the cake ...
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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'...
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Positive, comparative, superlative and… is there a fourth?

I'm wondering whether English has something beyond its superlative degree. In my language we call that "túlzófok", it literally translates to "exaggerative degree." I'm wondering because I often hear ...
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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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unbearable discrimination

a. They spoke out against the unbearable discrimination they witnessed there. b. They spoke out against the insufferable sexism in their workplace. Do these imply that 'they' consider some amount of ...
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Poetic expression with an adjective

If a dog is surrounded by happy people, can I express it as ‘a dog happy around itself’? I mean, is it technically possible even though this expression is very rarely used? In my native language, if ...
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His new song is English vs His new song is an English song vs His new song is in English

If I am talking about a song in English by a musician who is not English, can I use these sentences interchangeably to mean the song is in English? His new song is English. It is an English ...
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Which paraphrase is correct?

Being about the same size as a domestic chicken, the kiwi bird lays eggs that are very large in proportion to its body size. A) The eggs of the kiwi bird are much larger than those of a domestic ...
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Real as an adverb and adjective

Real can be used as adjective as well as adverb. As an adverb meaning of real is very Therefore I think its usage in the following sentence is correct The real important thing to remember is that ...
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‘Alive’ in phrase ‘get out alive’

There are no adverb alive, but how is ‘get out alive’ grammatical? Is alive an adjectival complement? However, get out is not copular and a predicative adjective should be after a linking verb. The ...
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Is “not enough exhaustive” correct?

Two options to complete the following sentence: Is it _____ exhaustive or not _______ exhaustive? Options: too too / too enough According to my teacher it's "Is it too exhaustive or not ...
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Quality qualifies quality

I don’t understand how a quality qualifies the same quality (even though my native language does). For example, small size, yellow color, hot weather. I think size is small, color is yellow and ...
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Can You Put An Adverb Before An Adjective

I want to know that can we place an adverb before and adjective means what is the order of placing adjectives adverbs when used together or individually
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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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“These” or “Those” as adjectives for non-tangible nouns?

I know which one to use when describing objects. These pencils are cool. Those trees [300 meters away] are blocking my view. But what happens if the noun you're describing is not tangible? ...
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Slightly weaker adjective than “heavily” in “heavily used”?

This is a very simple question, but I found it's something hard to search for on the internet. When something is used a lot, we can say "something is heavily used". If it's almost abandoned, ...
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Can I use “box of chocolates” and “chocolate box” interchangeably?

The same with "list of cities" vs "city list", or "list of users" vs "user list", etc.
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How do I use 'amicable' in a sentence?

I've made some sentences with the word 'amicable': An amicable family. Our relationships are amicable. We get on amicably. Does it sound normal for a native English speaker? If my sentences are ...
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Verb (as adjective) + subject vs subject + verb

Which one is correct or seems more natural? Please, walk on the path provided. Please, walk on the provided path. I've looked it up on google and the former seems more common than the latter, but I ...
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Can I avoid an oxymoron like this?

‘Nonperson person’ is an oxymoron. Then, what about ‘yesterday-nonperson person’ as in ‘the werewolf is now a yesterday-nonperson person’? It means he was a nonperson wolf yesterday, but he changed ...
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Where to use too much and very much in a sentence?

Which one of the following is correct? The house is very good but too much small to accommodate the full family. The house is very good but too small to accommodate the full family. The house is ...
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“Here” Adverb or adjective

I'm here. I have been here. In this two sentences, I'm confused "here" is whether adjective or adverb. As I know linking verbs follow adjective not adverb, it (here) would be adjective, ...
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Does “when” modify the noun?

I will go to the beach next Saturday, so I want to know the weather at the beach next Saturday. I am trying to describe this without referring to the specific time "next Saturday". My examples are ...
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ed forms of Adjectives for intransitive verbs

Why there are no adjectives(-ed form)for intransitive verbs, for example, words like happened (It was happened), occurred (It was occurred), etc, While transitive verbs having the adjectives ending ...
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What part of speech is up in the sentence, the time is up

This sentence, the time is up, is confusing me. I think up is a preposition

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