9. Absolute Adjectives (A to L)
Examples of non-gradable adjectives apart from ‘strong’ adjectives are adjectives like: dead, weekly, empty, frozen, tired, and blue. We do not say ‘somewhat dead’, ‘very empty’, ‘unusually impossible’, ‘relatively frozen’, ‘mildly tired’, ‘very blue’. However high intensity adverbs ‘completely/ absolutely/ totally/ extremely’ and in some cases medium adverb ‘really’ can be used. For example: completely dead, absolutely empty, extremely tired, totally frozen, really impossible, totally blue. These are generally known as absolute adjectives. Some more of these examples are: complete, equal, essential, fatal, first, full, impossible, infinite, married, perfect, pregnant, unique, universal, unknown, true Absolute adjectives with prefix: (a, an): amoral, anhydrous; (anti): anti-government, anti-establishment, anti-social, anti-abortion; (de): dehydrated, deregulated, decongested, demotivated; (dis): disgraceful, discourteous; (ever): everlasting, ever-cheerful; (il, im, in, ir): illogical, immoral, impractical, incoherent, irreversible; (mis): mismanaged, misguided, misunderstood; (non): non-performing, nonverbal, nonsensical; (omni): omniscient; (over): overconfident, overbearing; (pre): pre-recorded, prehistoric; (super): super cooled, supernatural; (un): unemployed, unsurpassed, unbelievable; (under): underutilised, underestimated; (whole): wholehearted, wholesome Absolute adjectives with suffix: (able, ible): portable, adjustable, edible, collapsible; (est): strongest, longest; (free): trouble-free, gluten-free; (ful): mouthful, fruitful, earful; (less): driver-less, ; (worthy): praiseworthy, noteworthy More of such absolute adjectives are the following:
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