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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“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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“generated data and information” vs “data and information generated”

The data and information generated are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. or The generated data and information are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. Which is correct? is there ...
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Adverb and adjective in sentences

As he didn’t like meal he want to make a few dollars short payment. As he didn’t like meal he want to make payment a few dollars shor . Is there any difference between two sentence. I thought ...
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“the rich don't pay enough tax” vs “the rich people don't pay enough tax”?

I have some doubts about which form, "the rich" or "the rich people", that I should use here: Some people think that the rich don't pay enough tax. Some people think that the rich people don't ...
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Which Sentence is correct?(comparison of adjectives)

I am going to write a sentence including the word "height". It must mean that one thing is as high as the other one. Which Sentence is true? "A" has as much height as "B"...
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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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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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“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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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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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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“Hopeful”, “Promising” and “Hope-giving”

I need an adjective to imply that something is hope-giving. I know two relevant words here, but I have no clue if they can be used interchangeably in this sense! That's why I decided to look for the ...
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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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“my” vs “mine” (adjectives vs. possessive )

Is correct to say "my question is" or "mine question is". When I talk, I automatically use "my question is", but "mine" is a possessive pronoun and somehow when I think about it (and translate it ...
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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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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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When should I use next, upcoming and coming?

I'd like to know when should I use "next", "upcoming" and "coming"? The Associated Press (AP) earlier on Monday reported the doses would be shared in coming months ...
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What is the difference between “general” and “generic”?

I am finding an example to clearly differentiate and demonstrate the use of these two words. At the moment, I am relying more on my feelings to decide which word to use. Say I am writing an article ...
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About the word 'unassisted'

he would go alone to the quarry, collect a load of broken stone and drag it down to the site of the windmill unassisted. (source: Orwell, George. Animal Farm (p. 43). Sanage Publishing House.) I just ...
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Why is “escaping” a participle here?

The Cambridge Dictionary says: In English, many past and present participles of verbs can be used as adjectives. Some of these examples may show the adjective use. So there is no escaping from it: ...
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Is rogue used as a good adjective or bad adjective?

I am a software engineer and one of the team of developers in my company has a name - "Rogue one". They have decided by themselves. My question is why "Rogue one". As per my understanding Rogue means -...
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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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“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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Is asleep in “to fall asleep” an adverb?

DK school dictionary says "asleep" in to fall asleep is an adverb. Yet, according to https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/asleep "Asleep" in to fall asleep is an ...
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Bill alone cannot solve this problem

a. Bill alone cannot solve this problem. He needs help. b. Bill alone cannot solve this problem. Everyone else in the class can. Are both of the above grammatically correct? Are they correctly ...
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Verb + object + to sb + adjective

Our own identities were simply given to us complete. Why doesn’t the adverb ‘completely’ comes, but adjective ‘complete’ to the end of the sentence above? Is it because that ‘complete’ modify the ...
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a good improbable story

a. He told me a good improbable story. b. He told me a good, improbable story. c. He told me a good and improbable story. Are all of the above grammatically correct and correctly punctuated? Is there ...
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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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The complements of linking verbs

We know that the complements of action verbs can be neither an adjective nor a prepositional phrase, but, it seems that that situation changes for linking verbs. He was upstairs. "Upstairs" ...
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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 “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 the adjective phrase describe the object of a sentence like this?

Could you please tell me if the sentences I have written are grammatically correct? Can I use adjectives to describe the object of the sentence like this: He hung the flowers on the wall, dried and ...
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“I did well” vs. “I did good”

I did well. I did good. Which one is a correct sentence? Please explain it with reasons. Can you please define them?
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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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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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“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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H independent or independently sorted?

I read these two sentences: Such an array is said to be h-sorted. Put another way, an h-sorted array is h independent sorted sub-sequences, interleaved together. I don't know the grammar behind ...
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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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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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Parallelizable vs. Parallelable

Which sentence is correct and meaningful? The following computer algorithm is highly parallelizable. The following computer algorithm is highly parallelable.
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A mother, father or the parents who are very strict toward their children

What do you call a mother, father, or parent who is very severe in punishing their children or sets very strict curfews for them? The adjectives that come to mind are "strict", "stern", and "severe"....
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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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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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an adjective that makes condition “unbreakable”

I need an adjective that, when applied to the word "condition", makes that condition "unbreakable". In the text below the word "necessary" is used. Is there a better ...
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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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Is there a difference between 'a small smile' and 'a little smile'?

I was really angry but managed a small/little smile. Is there any difference between a small smile and a little smile?
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Rules or Guides on how to distinguish whether to use past participle or present participle in Compound Adjectives?

I've researched about this and can't find any clear rules. I want to know the Rules or Guides on how to distinguish whether to use past participle or present participle in Compound Adjectives? ...
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Want + to be + adj or want + adj

Which one is correct? I want him out I want him to be out Thank you very much
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What is the opposite to laudatory when describing an adjective?

For instance, when I say that the word "great" is a laudatory adjective. What would the opposite to that be in the case of a word such as "evil"? Thank you.
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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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