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    Usage of adjective

    Dear teachers

    I have question regardings the usage of different form of adjective

    We all know that there are particular verb or noune can form an adjective by adding certain suffix

    for example

    select + ive = selective candidate
    beauty + ful = beautiful scenary

    We also know that adjective can also be formed when we change the form of verb.e,.g gerund or participle


    demand + ing = demanding customer
    motivate + ed = motivated stuff

    My question is

    How do I know which one to use in a senstence

    Is there any rule specified the usage of the different form of adjective?

    many thanks


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    Re: Usage of adjective

    let me elaborate my question

    So does the following 2 senstence means the same

    motivated stuff
    motivative stuff

    ???

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    Re: Usage of adjective

    Which adjective in particular are you looking at?

    Consider,

    Ex: a boring man <he bores us>
    Ex: a bored man <he is bored>


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    Re: Usage of adjective

    hi soup

    I am just confused the usage of the 2 type of adjective

    for example

    motivated staff (participle)
    motivative staff (adj)

    what is the difference in meaning between them?

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    Re: Usage of adjective

    1. motivated staff (participle)
    => staff who are motivated

    2. motivative staff (adj)
    => staff who can motivate others


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    Re: Usage of adjective

    Soup

    thanks for the explanation, but i still dont understand how to differentiate the 2

    another example

    selective choice
    selected choice


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    any input is appreciated

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    Re: Usage of adjective

    Selective choice means a choice for only a chosen few ;e.g., the elite, and selected choice is a choice that has been selected/chosen.


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    hi Soup

    thanks for your explanation.

    those are example to illustrate the difference, and I still dont know how the difference in meaning and usage of adj (verb gerund or participle) and adj (noun or verb +ive, ful etc)

    can anything shed me some light

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    Re: Usage of adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by knowwhat View Post
    Dear teachers

    I have question regardings the usage of different form of adjective

    We all know that there are particular verb or noune can form an adjective by adding certain suffix

    for example

    select + ive = selective candidate
    beauty + ful = beautiful scenary

    We also know that adjective can also be formed when we change the form of verb.e,.g gerund or participle


    demand + ing = demanding customer
    motivate + ed = motivated stuff

    My question is

    How do I know which one to use in a senstence

    Is there any rule specified the usage of the different form of adjective?

    many thanks
    Since you're asking for further opinions, here's mine.
    Don't try to form adjectives this way. By all means try to understand how they were made, but trying to make up your own is doomed to failure. There are too many ways to make mistakes, and the rules are far from complete or universally correct.

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