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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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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Meaning of Adjective

Yesterday, I met my old cat. What does old mean here? Does it refer to the age of cat or to the fact that the cat used to be my pet before I brought a new one? The suspicion arose from the sentences ...
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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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“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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Does “when” modify the noun?

I will go to the beach next Saturday, so I want to know the weather at the beach next Saturday. I am trying to describe this without referring to the specific time "next Saturday". My examples are ...
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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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What do you call a term someone savoured and defiled a bit of food and left it

We Indian don't eat food that was eaten by someone else. For example: If someone has taken or tasted a little pizza and left it then we do not eat it. We call it जूठा . I am looking for the word ...
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What do you call a person who easily communicates with others?

I mean the type of person who likes to communicate with others and does so easily, and joins group activities easily. Could one call him a "social person"? For example: "I'm a social person" Someone ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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