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    #1

    He is a repulsive, old man.

    'He is a repulsive, old man.'

    By 'repulsive' here, I mean 'very ugly'. Does this successfully convey the meaning or should I write 'repulsive looking' instead?
    Last edited by 99bottles; 21-Jun-2019 at 21:56.
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    #2

    Re: He is a repulsive, old man.

    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    'He is a repulsive, old man.'
    By 'repulsive' here, I mean 'very ugly'.
    Are you referring to looks or behaviour?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    Does this successfully convey the meaning or should I write 'repulsive looking' instead?

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    #3

    Re: He is a repulsive, old man.

    Looks.
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    #4

    Re: He is a repulsive, old man.

    So it is right?
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    #5

    Re: He is a repulsive, old man.

    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    So it is right?
    I would remove the comma. With that change, it's correct.
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    #6

    Re: He is a repulsive, old man.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I would remove the comma. With that change, it's correct.
    I thought commas are needed between adjectives.
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    #7

    Re: He is a repulsive, old man.

    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    I thought commas are needed between adjectives.
    Not in such a short sentence.
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    #8

    Re: He is a repulsive, old man.

    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    I thought commas are needed between adjectives.
    It depends on which category the adjectives belong to. (And that's a tough topic!) In your sentence the adjectives are of two different types.

    If you had another adjective of the same category as the first, you would need a comma (or "and") between the two adjectives:

    He was a repulsive, crotchety old man. / He was a repulsive and crotchety old man.

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    #9

    Re: He is a repulsive, old man.

    I wouldn't use repulsive for his looks- I would use it for his behaviour. I'd use ugly, which could be strengthened by something like incredibly.

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    #10

    Re: He is a repulsive, old man.

    I'd advise using repulsive-looking because when you read the word repulsive alone, it suggests manner/character rather than looks.

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