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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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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Adverbs: “tight” vs “tightly”

Tight is used as an adverb following verbs that denote a process of closure or constriction, as squeeze, shut, close, tie, and hold, denoting the state resulting from the process, whereas tightly ...
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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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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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Coordinate or cumulative adjectives? Beautiful mysterious dreamy feelings

I want to express that something brings me some feelings, then I wrote the following sentences. It brings me beautiful mysterious dreamy feelings. It brings me beautiful and mysterious dreamy ...
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Is the adjective or noun form of 'pathogen' needed in this phrase?

Is the adjective or noun form of 'pathogen' needed in this phrase: Seed-borne fungal pathogen infection on the rice crop is an interesting subject of research. Pathogen or pathogenic? "Seedborne ...
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adjectives before and after nouns: “My white computer” vs. “My computer is white”

what is the difference between these 2 sentences in meaning and when adjective comes after the noun like in these sentences? My white computer My computer is white PS: I am not an advanced ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Adjective to describe someone in a very good mood

A cheerful/high-spirited Jeff came up to the bar. Which adjective would be the best suited in the above sentence to describe that Jeff seems in a very good mood? Would "cheerful" or "...
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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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What is “shut” in “close the door shut”?

I have heard the sentence "close the door shut" a lot. However I am not sure about the function of "shut". Is it an adverb or an adjective here? How do I parse this sentence? I am ...
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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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“operates similar to” vs. “operates similarly to”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: It operates similar to the above-mentioned mechanism. It operates similarly to the above-mentioned mechanism. Looking at Google, "operates ...
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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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Either quiet or quietly

In the following sentence is quietly incorrectly used? I was surprised to see every student sitting quietly in the class, even though the teacher was not present According to my book quietly is ...
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Is oblivious appropriate here?

I was distracted by his overgrown front yard lawn, while he seemed completely oblivious to its appearance. The intention is that he's so unconcerned about how his front yard looks that it seems like ...
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Context confusion (adjectives & tenses)

Are the following sentences grammatically right and applicable ?? 1- The country didn't take procedures as firm as it is in other countries. 2- The country didn't take procedures as firm as it has ...
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Using adjectives confusion

I just read the following number 1 sentence in newspaper, but I think that it should have been written either like number 2 or 3. Can any one please explain to me why they wrote it that way???? 1- ...
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Unabated can be adverb?

I think that rage is verb so the following word should be adv. —> unabatedly. Plus, rage isn’t linking v. 🤔 Thank you for your explanation in advance.
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How do you describe a sound that is mellifluous and sounds like when crystals crash?

I don't know if i've describe it clearly or not, the bell-sounding, chipper sound, also the sound that wind chimes make, I always say the crystal-like sound which I'm not really content with, I really ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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About coordinating adjectives

I'm currently working through a grammar textbook and have come across something that's got me a little confused. As far as I know, you must place a comma between two coordinating adjectives. However, ...
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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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Be + past participle

I have 3 related questions, so I've searched on the internet about this structure but I haven't got any answers. What is the meaning of Be + past participle, as in "be done", "be claimed" etc.? I was ...
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Position of {submodifier + adjective} before vs after the noun

[Source:] Chief Justice Earl Warren's opinion for the unanimous court held that: Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival.... To ...
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so an adjective/ adverb that

... the period was so far like the present period that some of... She was so much beautiful that... She was so beautiful that... As far as I know the bold one is incorrect because we mustn't add ...
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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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“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 ...
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Can the adjective “ripe” be used with fields? As an attributive or a predicative adjective?

Is it correct to say in a poem or a rap song, "the fields are ripe the wheat is white" Thanks very much.
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Does A bit + adj sound right?

I think this isn't grammatically correct but rather a thing used in a daily language. Can For a bit less work, we skipped that part... be the same as We skipped that part to not do a very small job/...
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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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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 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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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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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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'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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'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 ...