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  1. The past perfect refers to an event that was completed at some point in the past before something else happened. It is formed by combining the auxiliary verb had with the past participle of the main verb.
  2. The present perfect continuous is used to refer to an unspecified time between 'before now' and 'now'. The speaker is thinking about something that started but perhaps did not finish in that period of time. He/she is interested in the process as well as the result, and this process may still be going on, or may have just finished.
  3. The present perfect is used to indicate a link between the present and the past. The time of the action is before now but not specified, and we are often more interested in the result than in the action itself.
  4. Future perfect continuous refers to a progressive event that will be completed at some point in the future. Here are the forms and uses of this tense.
  5. Behold the ultimate adjective list, filled with close to 2,000 amazing adjectives to help you describe almost anything. The usefulness of an adjective comes from it's ability to characterize a noun, giving more detailed and imaginative information about the object of discussion.
  6. When more than one adjective comes before a noun, the adjectives are normally in a particular order. Adjectives which describe opinions or attitudes (e.g. amazing) usually come first, before more neutral, factual ones (e.g. red):
  7. Compound adjectives are formed when two or more adjectives are joined together to modify the same noun. These terms should be hyphenated to avoid confusion or ambiguity.
  8. As well as serving as modifying words like beautiful and big, adjectives are also used for indicating the position on a scale of comparison. The lowest point on the scale is known as the absolute form, the middle point is known as the comparative form, and the highest point is known as the superlative form.
  9. In English grammar, a denominal adjectives are an adjectives formed from a noun, usually with the addition of a suffix--such as hopeless, earthen, cowardly, childish, and Reaganesque (from former U.S. president Ronald Reagan). What are denominal adjectives? Denominal adjectives (sometimes called denominal adjectives) are adjectives derived from nouns. For example: A mathematical puzzle. (a puzzle based on mathematics) A biological experiment. (an experiment in biology) A wooden boat. (a boat made of wood) […]
  10. There is no general rule for forming adjectives. We know they are adjectives usually by what they do (their function) in a sentence. However, some word endings (suffixes) are typical of adjectives.