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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“It makes (economic) sense”, what are other adjective that can be used similarly?

I am used to hearing sentences like: -It doesn't make much sense. -It makes little sense. -It makes no sense. -It makes perfect sense. However, I find it makes economic sense really interesting ...
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Can I use “the ahead vehicle”?

If there are two vehicles on a road, and I want to differentiate them, can I say "the ahead vehicle", using ahead as an adjective?
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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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Use of 'lost' as an Adjective

'Lost' is past and past participle form of verb 'Lose'. It's also a pure adjective as it passes the test of Adjective category. So, we can write I am lost. (Lost as Predictive Adjective) I have been ...
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Clearer and beautiful way to express this phrase “quality of life”

I am writing a personal essay and reach writer's block on this part A simple app that could help save time for my father convinced me of the potential of technology to not only improve the industry's ...
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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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“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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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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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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Why is “excited” used to describe “anticipation”?

"They set out with an innocent, excited anticipation of the journey to come, but the five men quickly encounter reality in the form of blizzards, lighting, thirst, starvation and snakes" (An ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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“to be keenly interested in”

It is correct to use "to be keenly interested in", but "to be keen on sth" means "to be interested in sth", and so, isn't it essentially saying "interestedly ...
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Is “drawable” a correct word?

In French, we have the word "dessinable" which is an adjective for something that can be "dessiné" or in English that can be drawn. However, when I search the term "drawable&...
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Clear-watered pond - is this right?

Is "clear-watered" an adjective like "soft-petalled"? Is it right to say, "The clear-watered pond was serene to look at"
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How to understand “They were not looking at you funny”?

A quote from the movie The Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2: They were not looking at you funny. How to explain the syntactic construction of this sentence? Why does the speaker put funny at the end? I ...
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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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Is it always possible to use the pattern “the + adjective”?

I found out that it's possible to use the definite article "the" with adjectives, to refer to a group of people with a particular characteristic, e.g. the rich, the disabled, the poor, and ...
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Prepositional Phrase vs Participle Phrase

Following the meeting, we all had a chat. In the above sentence, what is Following used as. Is it a adjective or preposition or both? Also,is following the meeting a prepositional phrase or participle ...
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Is 'I'm' a verb, noun, adjective, or adverb? [closed]

I am currently doing my online work, and I was sorting verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. I was doing well, until 'I'm' came up. I would really appreciate it if someone could answer my question, is ...
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be careful that-clause and be careful wh-clause

I'll be more careful what I say in the future. We were very careful that he didn't find out. The that-clause in sentence 2 is a complement of the adjective careful. The wh-clause in sentence 1 seems ...
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Differences between 'pointy' and 'pointed' when describe a noun?

Which sentence below is right? If both, are there any differences? Wolves have pointed faces. Wolves have pointy faces. The definitions of each are very similar: Pointy: Having a pointed tip or end....
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“Adjective Complements” in major English grammar books?

Are there any major English grammar books (like CGEL, PEU, etc.) that list "adjective complements" as one of main constituents of a predicate (or a sentence pattern)? https://www....
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I don't like speaking in public (is public an adjective or noun here?)

I speak to the public. I am speaking in public. It doesn't seem grammatically correct at all I am speaking "in public" . I am speaking "out in the open." We don't say, 'I am ...
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How can I use the world “neighboring ” and associate it with a country?

I'm trying to say the following context, but I'm not sure which structure I can go with ?? Different Versions of the context : 1- I'm just reciting USA'S neighboring countries. 2- I'm just reciting ...
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Is it natural to use “difficult” about a person?

This is said by an idiot husband in a story I'm writing: Don't mind her. She's just got her period. That's why she's a little difficult. Is it perfectly natural to use "difficult" about a ...
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Adverb or Adjective?

How to use and differentiate between linking verb and main verb? For example, in the below sentences, should I use adjective or adverb: He did great / greatly. She dances amazing / amazingly. He ...
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tasty dishes vs delicious meals

Is there some difference in these phrases or not? tasty dishes vs delicious meals Maybe "delicious meals" are more tasty than "tasty dishes"? Are "Dishes" and "...
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What's the adjective of the word “use”

If I want to say "popular" about the cars. Cars were more (popular) than now days In the sense that they were used a lot, what's the adjective I should use? Not popular, but... (adjective ...
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What is the function of “unmodified” in “It is passed unmodified to the next block”?

What I have learnt so far, an adverb can be placed adjacent to a verb. For example, It is directly passed to the next block. or It is passed directly to the next block. I found a sentence as ...
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Should I put (a) before an adjective for noun that is singular?

I wouldn't mind having friends from a different age category. "a different age" is an adjective for "category". Do we say "a different age category" or "different ...
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Rich of VS Rich in

I know that we say that something is full of something, so why that doesn't apply to "rich of"? For instance: The country is rich in oil. rather than The country is rich of oil
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Applying adjective/adverb to nouns/verbs in a conjunction sentence

Take this simple sentence for example: I like dogs and cats. Which means I like dogs and I like cats. Simple. What if I add an adjective "big" before the word "dogs"?: I like big ...

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