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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Attributive adjective usages

Today I bumped into this: "The woman responsible for this incident is not here at the moment." The sentence sounds perfectly natural and easy for the ears. However, when I replace "the woman"...
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Grammar rule be verb +ed

Please, can you explain me when we can use verb +ed like "you are allowed to..."? I understand that the main meaning is that you are free to do something but I can't find the definition of this ...
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Plural noun with signgular adjectives

Suppose I have one green hat and one blue hat. How should I describe them? Each of the following sounds flawed to me. A green and a blue hats. This doesn't sound grammatical. A green hat and a blue ...
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“It was nice meeting you or it was nice talking to you”, What's the grammar?

I'm not sure about this thing, but it has been tormenting me for a while. I can't really understand the grammatical structure of it was nice meeting you. I mean, if nice in itself is an adjective, ...
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widely-ranged VS wide-ranged VS wide-range VS wide-ranging [closed]

I am a non-native learner and came across a confusing question (given below). I wish to know the difference among the terms given in the options. Please be generous to give at least one example of ...
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“Beautiful of” VS. “Beauty of”?

I can’t understand that how do we use of after adjectives ? It was beautiful of you to... It was kind of you to... It was generous of you to... As I know, it is possible to use of after ...
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Prepared vs. Prepare & Was drunk vs. Got drunk [duplicate]

"I'm preparing for my next exam". "I'm getting prepared for my next exam" "He was drunk" vs. "He got drunk" Does "Get" change the meaning of "...
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Noun adjunct: dispute tribunal

In dispute tribunal, dispute is singular since it describes tribunal, similar to book shelf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noun_adjunct Is the following accepted as well: Disputes Tribunal | Disputes ...
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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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What should be appropriate adjective here (worst to worse)?

His condition got from worst to worse. Now to correct sentence i'll use worse to worst but for implying that his condition got better should i use well??
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“the most active and energetic” or “the most active and most energetic”?

She is the most active and energetic social worker in our club. My grammar book is saying this is wrong and it should be: She is the most active and most energetic social worker in the club. ...
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Is there any difference between selected cities select cities? [duplicate]

Since a long time ago, I used to write selected instead of select because I thought select is just a verb, not adjective. But recently I came to know it's adjective, because I saw phrases like "...
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Omitting article 'the' before superlative adjective [closed]

Did I make a mistake omitting article 'the' before superlatives in the following sentence? Life is bitterest when unwanted ones are nearest, hated ones are closest, loved ones are farthest.
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What does the word “chunky” mean here?

What does the word "chunky" mean in the following sentence from the description (not available online) of the game RuneScape: Jagex is the creator of both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape,...
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why do we use “of” here, this structure can be repeat after other verbs, but “to be”?

In some sentence, we see that the "of" is used, do you think the use of it is need? for example: 1- It is of the utmost/highest importance, 2- those built were of interest, 3- cooperation ...
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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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Why cant use the term highest popular but highest popularity [closed]

Most popular sport or highest popular ... why cant it be highest popular
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i've a bit of confusion in using “has/have been”

have been is basically used to express the action that was started in past and is still happening up to present. Now sometimes we use have been in the following contexts as well:- your device has ...
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Is There A Word For Converger?

It seems that "Converger" is not even a word. However, I cannot express my question in any other way. I looked on the Internet with no luck. I need a word or an official idiom to express an ...
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“Unaware of the ghee”: adverb or adjective?

He philosophized, quite happily unaware of the ghee. In this sentence, what is the usage of unaware? Is it used as an adverb? If so, how do we call this usage like adjective as adverb?
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Can relationship nouns be used as adjectives?

We're all familiar with how an appositive functions: My sister, Mary, came to the party. <--I have one sister. My sister Mary came to the party. <--I have more than one sister. My question is, ...
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10-game suspensions or 10 games suspension?

This athlete got a 10 game suspension for kicking an unconscious athlete in the face. Is it 10-game or 10 games? I am not sure how to use this compound word adjective correctly.
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How do suffixes -ed & -ing work in adjectives?

I kinda confuse about these suffixes and how they work. for example: Closed places vs. Close places "Close" can be adj., v. and I've been taught that when adding -ed to a verb, it'll become ...
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What are these? These are / they are penguins

So, imagine that someone points at some penguins that are close to us and asks me : "What are these?". Should I answer with a "These are penguins" Or "They are penguins". ...
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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 these examples: Do You Know How to Be Street Smart? ... the prior ...
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Can adverb be used after “so” instead of adjective?

Compare these sentences: The driver in front shouldn't have stopped so sudden. The driver in front shouldn't have stopped so suddenly. The second sentence was taken from my book, but that was the ...
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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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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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What is the difference between “respective” and “corresponding”

Before you begin please connect your laptop's power adapter and an Ethernet cable to their respective outlets. I found this sentence on Northwestern University's website. Every time I find this ...
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what is best to serve

a. What is best to serve at our dinner party? b. What is the best to serve at our dinner party? c. Among the dishes on that list, which is best to serve at our dinner party? d. Among the dishes on ...
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as … as structure is very difficult to understand!

I can't understand as ... as structures in English. According to grammar books between the two as we should place an adjective, but I have seen several cases which there was something else. For ...
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“This computer is for you to attend lectures” instead of “*This computer is to attend lectures.”

I learned that you use "for -ing" and not a 'to' infinitive when you want to say the purpose of a tool, but I am not so sure about it. People told me I should say: This computer is for you ...
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Want something adjective vs want something to be adjective

I was wondering if there is any difference between Want something adjective vs want something to be adjective! for example, "I want him alive" vs "I want him to be alive", Is there ...
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Get something hot

If I say "I want to get my coffee hot", (In the literal sense), does it mean I want to cause my coffee to be hot? or literally the same as "I want to receive my coffee hot"?
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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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Do we say “Now the prince is still bewitched” or “Now the prince is under a spell” to express the current state?

We say "The dog scared me 1 hour ago and now I am still scared". We have the verb "to scare" and the adjective "scared". But it seems we can not apply that usages for all ...
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What is the adjective/verb describing someone who is repeatedly explaining itself in an argument when rest of the people already got the point

I don't remember if it is adjective describing a person or action, but I had come across an adjective describing someone who is constantly reapiting itself when trying expalining something. It occures ...
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The grammar rules for the sentences with 'is', 'has' , and the switched position of object's adjective

Regards.., i would like to discuss about the grammar of the sentences below, and whether they are dependent with their meanings. The pouring of the garden is a long tradition in the area and can be ...
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bit vs a bit, which one to use when?

I've got a slight confusion while using them. I believe "a bit" is used in the case when we are thinking from an "a little" perspective. ex- he is a bit too late. When shall we use ...
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Adjective for people who think they should be given things

I was wondering what adjective I could use for people with this character If something happens, then I should get something for free. Examples: According to Estha, if they'd been born on the ...
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Can I use the combination “multi-adjective+noun”?

I'd like to learn if I can use the combination "multi-adjective+noun" to form an adjective. Examples; This is a multi-rigid-body analysis. (I mean that this analysis has more than one ...
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Had+been+adjective or Had+been+noun

This is the sentence that I've been thinking: I would have gone had they been ____ a) ignorant b) ignorance Notice that the writer (of the question) omitted the "if", so that he could ...
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“Sorry person” vs. “Person sorry”

I'm talking about a sorry person about the exam. I'm talking about a person sorry about the exam. I intend to mean "a person who is sorry about the exam". Are these two sentences the same ...
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“generated data and information” vs “data and information generated”

The data and information generated are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. or The generated data and information are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. Which is correct? is there ...
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Adverb and adjective in sentences

As he didn’t like meal he want to make a few dollars short payment. As he didn’t like meal he want to make payment a few dollars shor . Is there any difference between two sentence. I thought ...
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“the rich don't pay enough tax” vs “the rich people don't pay enough tax”?

I have some doubts about which form, "the rich" or "the rich people", that I should use here: Some people think that the rich don't pay enough tax. Some people think that the rich people don't ...
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Which Sentence is correct?(comparison of adjectives)

I am going to write a sentence including the word "height". It must mean that one thing is as high as the other one. Which Sentence is true? "A" has as much height as "B"...
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“got the questions right (or wrong).”

I read a sentence. I want to know if I got that question right! I am not sure if the word right is an adjective or an adverb. And the meaning of get is also unclear to me. I looked up dictionaries ...
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Is it allowed to use adjective clause inside the other adjective clause?

Original problem: Understanding and using English Grammar 4th ed. By. B. S. Azar p. 291 Complete the sentences with your own words. Use adjective clauses. In my apartment building, there are twenty ...
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“So as to make difficult the test” or “So as to make the test difficult”

Can one use (a) instead of (b)? a. We changed the questions so as to make difficult the test. b. We changed the questions so as to make the test difficult. Or can one use (c) instead of (d)? c. We ...

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