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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Adjective + adjective without “and”

They said hello and I felt my face turn bright red. “Bright” and “red” are predicative adjectives, but why isn’t there “and” between them?
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Adjective for describing a less facial variety among people in a nation [closed]

What's the correct adjective in English to describe a characteristic of a nation, which is in having few differences in appearance among the people that belong to that nation? For example: And then ...
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Is there an adjective for mysticism?

I don't think mystical is the adjective for mysticism. Do you just use the noun as an adjective as in "mysticism theory", "mysticism movie", "mysticism idea"?
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Is there an adjective expressing that a certain thing is to be chosen?

I'm translating a literature list, and roughly translated, one of the entries reads "Any book of approximately 250 pages, dealing with the topic chosen for the argumentative essay" – but the ...
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Double passive: “required to be registered”, “proposed to be left out”, “omitted to be done”

A few double passives are defensible—e.g.: “Offerings in compliance with Regulation D are not required to be registered with the SEC under the Securities Act.” As Ernest Gowers (FMEU2 at 139) noted: ...
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Is it redundant to say tremendous catastrophic consequences?

According to Cambridge, catastrophe means: a sudden event that causes very great trouble or destruction. Considering this point that "catastrophe" is by itself very great, is it redundant ...
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Is there any difference between past participles and past participle adjectives

My grammar book says We can also use much or very much before a past participle which is part of a passive. Ex) The new by-pass was (very) much needed. We don't use much but can use very much ...
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What is an adjective that describes an increase in clarity of a telescope?

If I bought a new telescope, what would be the best adjective in English to describe how much more precisely I can see things in the sky using this new telescope as opposed to the old one? Wow! This ...
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Verb+adjective into adverb+adjective

Can verb+adjective complement be freely inverted into adverb+adjective? For example: Something seems beautiful. It’s something seemingly beautiful. Something looks special. It’s something visually ...
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What is the point of specifying aquatic in “aquatic swimming”?

I read on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/02/swimming-caps-for-natural-black-hair-ruled-out-of-olympic-games-alice-dearing (mirror): Aquatic swimming must do better. I see "aquatic ...
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Adjectives to describe “margin of error”

margin of error : a small amount that is allowed for in case of miscalculation or change of circumstances. What I commonly read is Low margin of error Small margin of error Is it acceptable to use ...
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Proper usage of Is + Past Participle

Is this sentence grammatical? The link is commented. This sound ungrammatical to my ear for some reason. While the following sentence doesn't: The link is suspended. I guess the effect has ...
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Well liked: passive vs adjective

You use well to emphasize some -ed participles when they are part of a passive construction, you seem to be well liked at work. https://www.wordreference.com/EnglishUsage/well Well-liked adj (well ...
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Does the addition of an adjective/attributive in front of a noun change its meaning? In what case? [closed]

In 2006, Pluto was reclassified from a planet to a dwarf planet. I'm sorry to ask, if this is a very basic question. Very confusing for my mind. Maybe I am dumb. For instance, isn't a big ball still ...
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not different from

If two things are quite similar, you can say that one thing is not very/much different from the other. If two things are alike, you can say that one thing is no different from the other. Don't say ...
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Is “sooty” natural as an adjective?

The front doors of the burning building opened and a sooty Frank came out carrying his injured girlfriend in his arms. Is "sooty" the natural choice of word here? Is it okay to say that ...
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'Worse' vs 'less good'

Page 263 of Garner's fourth reads Depend typically takes on (or, less good, upon). When a clausal complement follows the verb, to omit the on is a casualism— What differences does using worse ...
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adjective + wh-

Be careful whom you hire. There is an example in Oxord advanced learner’s dictionary. careful when/what/how, etc. I wonder if the sentence I mentioned above is part of the usage of the adjective + wh-...
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latter / later years

What's the difference between "later" and "latter" in the following? Are both correct and interchangeable? She found happiness in her later/latter years. His later/latter years ...
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Perfect participle of “ While Studying late at night, he fell asleep” [closed]

Would it be: Having studied late at night, he slept. Or something else?
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'Some' how to check its usage as a Determiner or as adjective of number

It is said that 'some' classifies as an adjective of number and it is also used as a determiner. 1- When 'some' is used as an adjective in a sentence, how do we check whether it's being used as an ...
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Multi-word Compound Adjectives with Past Participle [duplicate]

In the sentence: The cost overrun was due to a higher-than-budgeted consumption of electricity, should higher-than-budgeted be hyphenated? It seems to me that it should definitely be hyphenated, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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“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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Cancelled cheque or cancel cheque?

If cancelled is not an adjective then why we use the term "cancelled cheque"? What is cancelled here?
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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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Why doesn't “Kinda good” work as an attributive adjective?

The movie is kinda good. (Predicative - Sounds okay) It is a kinda good movie. (Attributive - Sounds kinda wrong?) Why is this so? There were very few results for "is a kinda good movie" ...
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Adjective to describe sadness tinged with despair

What’s an adjective I can use to describe sadness marked by a sense of despair. She was suddenly hit with a wave of _____ sadness. Does “despairing” work? If so, what are some other words that can ...
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What type of adjective is little? Descriptive or quantitative?

Consider the following sentence. We should pay little attention to little things in life. What type of adjective is little in this sentence? I am confused if it is descriptive or quantitative. What ...

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