Category talk:English adjectives

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Could adding words to categories like this be automated? Surely a routine that looked for ==English== and ===Adjective=== would cover it? 09:45, 23 May 2005 (UTC)

Determiners are not adjectives[edit]

Traditional English grammar does not include determiners and calls most determiners adjectives. There are, however, a number of key differences between determiners and adjectives.

  1. In English, articles, demonstratives, and possessive determiners cannot co-occur in the same phrase, while any number of adjectives are typically allowed.
    1. A big green expensive English book
    2. * The his book
  2. Articles cannot occur alone in complement position, adjectives can.
    1. He is happy.
    2. * He is the.
  3. Most determiners are not gradable, while adjectives typically are.
    1. happy, happier, happiest
  4. Adjectives cannot stand alone as a subject or object in a fused-head construction, while determiners typically can.
    1. Each likes something different.
    2. * Big likes something different.
  5. Adjectives are licensed independent of number, while many determiners are licensed only for singular or for plural nouns.
    1. a big person / big people
    2. many people / * many person
  6. Adjectives are never obligatory, while determiners often are.

--BrettR 01:17, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

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