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    non gradable adjectives

    Hello teachers,
    If you notice I have asked many confusing questions about non gradable adjectives.
    I think if I know which ones are not non gradable, then I won’t be confused with them.
    Some websites have suggested that these adjectives are non gradable. i.e. (can not get “very” and can not be used in superlative and comparative forms)

    Would you please have look at these adjectives and tell me which ones are not non gradable? If I know the list I will overcome my confusion.

    Right – diabolical – vital – fine – awful – stupid – great – necessary – horrendous – wonderful – gorgeous – Fascinating – wrong – terrific – sure – mint – delighted – correct – honest – ludicrous – incredible – clear – horrific – true – fantastic – beautiful – convinced – dreadful – essential – horrible – marvelous – superb – furious – delicious – crazy – certain – normal – crucial – amazed – terrible – excellent – central – free – disgraceful – perfect – impossible – amazing – critical – lovely – brilliant – knackered – ridiculous – appalling – fabulous – confident – Disgusting – immaculate – filthy – dead – stunning – obsessed – starving – fair – useless – freezing – straight – mad – super – enormous – positive – disgusted – imperative – steady – privileged – fed – ideal – quiet – massive – outrageous – silent – pure – minimal – plain – meaningless – fundamental – splendid – rigid – precise – full – sick – desperate – safe – typical – reliable – frightful – hopeless – disastrous – invaluable – tremendous – alive – black – Boiling – domestic – environmental - gigantic – huge – impossible – miniscule – mortal – overjoyed – pregnant – Principal – unique – unknown – white – whole – chemical – indoor – married – wooden – English – green – unclear – digital – ancient – deafening – exhausted – tiny – terrifying – supreme – final – fascinated – thrilling – hideous – astounding – spotless - hilarious.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: non gradable adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello teachers,
    If you notice I have asked many confusing questions about non gradable adjectives.
    I think if I know which ones are not non gradable, then I won’t be confused with them.
    Some websites have suggested that these adjectives are non gradable. i.e. (can not get “very” and can not be used in superlative and comparative forms)

    Would you please have look at these adjectives and tell me which ones are not non gradable? If I know the list I will overcome my confusion.

    Right – diabolical – vital – fine – awful – stupid – great – necessary – horrendous – wonderful – gorgeous – Fascinating – wrong – terrific – sure – mint – delighted – correct – honest – ludicrous – incredible – clear – horrific – true – fantastic – beautiful – convinced – dreadful – essential – horrible – marvelous – superb – furious – delicious – crazy – certain – normal – crucial – amazed – terrible – excellent – central – free – disgraceful – perfect – impossible – amazing – critical – lovely – brilliant – knackered – ridiculous – appalling – fabulous – confident – Disgusting – immaculate – filthy – dead – stunning – obsessed – starving – fair – useless – freezing – straight – mad – super – enormous – positive – disgusted – imperative – steady – privileged – fed – ideal – quiet – massive – outrageous – silent – pure – minimal – plain – meaningless – fundamental – splendid – rigid – precise – full – sick – desperate – safe – typical – reliable – frightful – hopeless – disastrous – invaluable – tremendous – alive – black – Boiling – domestic – environmental - gigantic – huge – impossible – miniscule – mortal – overjoyed – pregnant – Principal – unique – unknown – white – whole – chemical – indoor – married – wooden – English – green – unclear – digital – ancient – deafening – exhausted – tiny – terrifying – supreme – final – fascinated – thrilling – hideous – astounding – spotless - hilarious.

    Many thanks in advance.
    Even if one had the time to go through that entire list, I'm not sure it would be helpful. That is because the choices often depend on context. We have already discussed "green". When it comes to the color of a dress, we usually don't grade it. Can one dress be greener than another? Instead we use shades of green: olive green, lime green, light green, dark green, etc. In another context, however, your lawn can be greener than mine. Take "alive", for another example. If it is used to describe someone as not being dead, there is no grading. However, if you are describing someone's personalty, grading is possible. I have already given you my opinion about "delicious" in another thread. I am not sure why "tiny" is on the list at all. As with tasty, graded versions are listed in dictionaries. Most of the words could be the subject of similar analyses, but the result would form a book.

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