The Oxford Companion to the English Language
First published in 1992, "The Oxford Companion to the English Language" was described by "The Times" as an "excellent guide to the history, geography and contours of English, " one that "immediately establishes itself as a necessary book." A carefully planned shorter version of the "Oxford Companion to the English Language," this new "Concise" volume concentrates on the central themes in the language: grammar, usage, dialect, pronunciation, and the history of English. Within each theme all the key subjects are covered, and individual entries offer all the most essential information from the parent "Companion."
With nearly 2,000 articles in A-Z format the "Concise Companion" is an ideal reference for both students and general readers wanting access to the highly readable scholarship of the "Companion" in a portable and affordable volume.
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ADJECTIVE [14c: from Latin adiectivus added, as in nomen adiectivum added
noun, translating Greek onoma epitheton; the term reflected the classical view
that an adjective is a kind of noun]. A part of speech or word class chiefly used to
16 ADJECTIVE CLAUSE in common. The semantic distinction between restrictive
and non-restrictive modification applies to adjectives that modify nouns as well as
to relative clauses. The adjective clever in my clever daughter is restrictive if ...
It may imply a permanent attribute, as a result of which some adjectives and most
nouns can only be attributive: an atomic scientist but not *the scientist was atomic
; the greenhouse effect but not *the effect is greenhouse. Some attributive-only ...
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