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    Absolute Adjectives

    Is happy an absolute adjective? While perusing different sites, I saw it listed, and I am confused. I know unique and perfect are absolute adjectives. Is impossible? If dead is an absolute adjective, is alive also an a bsolute adjective. Can you share some uncommon and interesting absolute adjectives as well. Have I asked too many questions?
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    Re: Absolute Adjectives

    I agree with you.

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    Re: Absolute Adjectives

    So it suggests that one person cannot be happier than another?

    If a reorganization is announced at work, and one person gets to do a few new things that she wanted to do, she's happy, but if another person just got a huge promotion, she may well be happier. Meanwhile, the person who got the golden parachute - the incentive to leave the company with oodles of money and not have to work at all may be happiest of all.

    That's an odd one to suggest as an absolute, I think.

    (Although "very unique" does make my teeth hurt.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Absolute Adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    Is happy an absolute adjective? While perusing different sites, I saw it listed, and I am confused. I know unique and perfect are absolute adjectives. Is impossible? If dead is an absolute adjective, is alive also an a bsolute adjective. Can you share some uncommon and interesting absolute adjectives as well. Have I asked too many questions?
    Jenny N
    'Happy' is gradable to me- fairly happy/very happy, etc.

    'Dead'- people can't be very dead but can be half/nearly, etc, dead and other meanings of the word can be gradable- a party, for example, could have various degrees of death. Also, you will find plenty of examples of 'very dead', where people use it to show how much they hate someone, etc. The absolute classification is often not, er, absolute.

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