Category talk:English adjectives

Return to "English adjectives" page.

Could adding words to categories like this be automated? Surely a routine that looked for ==English== and ===Adjective=== would cover it? 20.133.0.14 09:45, 23 May 2005 (UTC)

Determiners are not adjectivesEdit

Traditional English grammar does not include determiners and calls most determiners adjectives. There are, however, a number of key differences between determiners and adjectives.

  1. In English, articles, demonstratives, and possessive determiners cannot co-occur in the same phrase, while any number of adjectives are typically allowed.
    1. A big green expensive English book
    2. * The his book
  2. Articles cannot occur alone in complement position, adjectives can.
    1. He is happy.
    2. * He is the.
  3. Most determiners are not gradable, while adjectives typically are.
    1. happy, happier, happiest
  4. Adjectives cannot stand alone as a subject or object in a fused-head construction, while determiners typically can.
    1. Each likes something different.
    2. * Big likes something different.
  5. Adjectives are licensed independent of number, while many determiners are licensed only for singular or for plural nouns.
    1. a big person / big people
    2. many people / * many person
  6. Adjectives are never obligatory, while determiners often are.

--BrettR 01:17, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

English adjectivesFailed to parse (unknown function '\l'): \neg\exists~Q\ne\empty\sube\left\{\plusmn\tfrac{1}{5}\right\}\cup\mathbb{N}:\ \sum_{q\isin Q}\lim_{z\rightarrow\infty}\dfrac{2^q\times\sqrt[3]{\pi}}{\textstyle\int\l[[Media:Example.ogg]]imits_{y=\alpha''}^\omega \partial_x f(\bar z)\cdot dy}\no<nowiki><nowiki>{{}}</nowiki><nowiki><nowiki>{{}}</nowiki><nowiki>{{}}</nowiki[[Media:[[Media:Example.ogg]][[Media:[[Media:Example.ogg]][[Media:[[Media:Example.ogg]][[Media:[[Media:Example.ogg]][[Media:[[Media:Example.ogg]][[Media:[[Media:Example.ogg]][[Media:<nowiki>Example.ogg</nowiki>]]]]]]]]]]]]]]></nowiki></nowiki>t\equiv 0 {{subst:English adjectives}}

Last modified on 3 February 2009, at 09:14