Grammar Patterns

Graded and ungraded adjectives

Part 4: Ungraded adjectives

An ungraded adjective is one that never or rarely follows a grading adverb and which does not have a comparative or superlative form.Ungraded adjectives have many meanings, but some of the most frequent ungraded adjectives belong to the following meaning groups:In the lists below we show only some of the most frequent adjectives which have at least one ungraded sense. Many have other senses than the ones indicated here. Many of them also have graded senses (see Part 5 below).The 'western' groupThe 'former' groupThe 'adult' and 'female' groupThe 'political' groupThe 'industrial' groupThe 'nuclear' groupThe 'plastic' groupThe 'actual' groupThe 'primary' groupThe 'ideal' groupThe 'absolute' and 'mere' groupThe 'joint' and 'separate' groupThe 'additional' and 'other' groupThe 'impossible' group

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