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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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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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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use of adjectives in different places

Are there any difference between two use of adjective in diffrent places in two sentence below ? Does these sentences have different meaning or one of these is wrong? New house was sold at ten ...
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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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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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In the sentence “we always buy toilet paper in bulk”, does 'in bulk' function as an adverb or adjective?

Does in bulk modify buy as in we buy loads of toilet paper or does it elaborate on the number of toilet papers we buy? Is one way of seeing it less wrong than the other? Based on my intuition, I am ...
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Can I refer to those certificates as Qualification certificates?

I have qualified some exams. Now I need to send those certificate to a recruiter. Can I refer to those certificates as Qualification certificates?
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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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Please explain the use of the word Easy in this sentence

The tennis player, easy through the opening set against her opponent, rallied to take the final two sets for the biggest victory of her young career. Of the following pattern, which one is implied ...
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(Singular or Plural Noun Adjunct) Stories Feature or Story Feature?

What should we call the feature in Instagram and other websites that lets you post stories - "stories feature" or "story feature"? This question is similar: https://english....
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Lexicon usage, adjectives order

He was carrying a nice new black leather briefcase. He was carrying a nice black new leather briefcase. Is there any difference?