Grammar Patterns

Graded and ungraded adjectives

The 'primary' group

These adjectives indicate that something is the most important part of something. We include here secondary, which indicates that something is the second most important part of something.
Jeffrey Cooper described himself as a key figure in the protest movement.
Most of the checkpoints are on border roads, with the primary purpose of screening the large volume of traffic passing between north and south.
  • chief
  • key
  • main
  • major
  • primary
  • prime
  • principal
  • secondary
  • ultimate
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