Grammar Patterns

ADJ to n

The 'fascinating' and 'infuriating' group

These adjectives indicate that something or someone makes someone react in some way, for example with pleasure, hatred, anger, or interest. The noun group following the preposition indicates the person who reacts. This use is productive: a range of adjectives are used in this way. We list below the most frequent.
He is one of those characters who make boxing so fascinating to outsiders.
There is nothing more infuriating to an author than someone who gets the name of his beloved characters or works of art slightly wrong.
Ironically the faded grandeur of Brodsworth is far more pleasing to a modern eye than the fierce colours of the original.
Even as a child, fiction was always more real to me than real life.
  • abhorrent
  • acceptable
  • agreeable
  • appealing
  • confusing
  • dear
  • disconcerting
  • disgusting
  • distasteful
  • distressing
  • embarrassing
  • fascinating
  • hateful
  • infuriating
  • interesting
  • intolerable
  • irresistible
  • irritating
  • logical
  • meaningful
  • meaningless
  • offensive
  • painful
  • pleasing
  • precious
  • real
  • repugnant
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