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    Dear Teacher

    This post is the carry-on post that I had posted eariler with the subject. The reason that I created this post is because I didnt elaborate my question very well in my 1st post. So, I start it all over again at this post

    We all know there are several form of adjectives, and different forms have different meaning:

    adjective with ing form = express the effect something has on us
    e.g. The delay was annoying

    adjective with ed form = express how we feel
    e.g. The passengers were annoyed

    And my question is

    what about the adj with ful, ive form?
    e.g. impressive

    Then compare : impressive Vs Impressed
    elective Vs elected
    selective Vs Selected


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    Re: Adjective

    I'm not sure what the question is. Different suffixes (end-bits) form different words that usually have different meanings. When the words are participles (ending "-ing" and "-ed"), they expand on the meaning of the verb; "rested" and "resting" have meanings closely related to the meaning of the verb. But with other suffixes, the meanings needn't be so closely related; "restive", "restless" and "restful" all exist; use a dictionary to compare their distinct meanings.


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    Re: Adjective

    -ive as a suffix means ' tending to; having the nature of'

    So, 'impression', and 'tending to make an impression'= 'impressive'

    -ed can be a suffix to a noun, forming an adjective - talented, diseased. Meaning 'having, possessing, affected by"

    But be careful:
    I elect to.../ We must elect a...
    I elected to/ We elected
    -ed is also used to form the past tense.

    "I selected a blue jumper. The shop assistant took my selected item to the cash register and..."

    Here, the past tense with -ed becomes a participial adjective.
    Last edited by David L.; 09-Aug-2008 at 13:14.

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    Re: Adjective


    sorry for the confusion, and David has answered my inquiries

    David L

    thank for your explanation. You have cleared my long unsolved question

    Very appreciated man

    One more thing... is suffix of ful also has the same meaning?

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    Re: Adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by knowwhat View Post
    One more thing... is suffix of ful also has the same meaning?
    If you ad 'ful' as a suffix it attributes a quality to a subject.

    E.g. If you are full of beauty, you are beautiful.

    You do not say Amy is full of beauty, you say she is beautiful!

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