Discussion in 'English Only' started by JBN, Jan 23, 2007.
would like to know adjective of the word 'enemy'.
Thanks in advance!
From the same root, there is inimical - see WRF Dictionary definition.
Enemy is not an adjective. You can say the soldiers are hostile but not the soldiers are enemy. When enemy is used in the noun phrase enemy fire enemy is classifying fire but that does not make it an adjective.
enmity n , pl -ties. a feeling of hostility or illwill, as between enemies;
antagonism n 1 openly expressed and usually mutual opposition.
Are these any good to you?
Welcome to the forum, JBN. Can you give some context? Can you post a sentence that would use the adjective?
Antagonistic, hostile, conflicting,...
What would a "conflicting" enemy be?
Enemy is an adjective also.
8.belonging to a hostile power or to any of its nationals: enemy property.
9.Obsolete. inimical; ill-disposed.
May I suggest "adversarial"? "Adversary" is a synonym of "enemy".
We are frequently amused.
I disagree. Enemy, in the phrase enemy fire, is an adjective. What other part of speech would you
call a word that modifies or classifies a noun in such a construction?
Try contrasting it with friendly fire. Do you doubt that friendly is an adjective also?
Skipping past enemy (adjective) definition 1 (obsolete) to :
Adverbs usually modifies verbs ("etymologically") and adjectives, but in English it is common to see one noun modifying another too (e.g. fire alarm), unless I'm wrong, of course. How do you differentiate in these cases an adjective from a noun, apart from checking a dictionary? Most adjectives can be turned into adverbs by adding -ly (e.g. honestly, supposedly), but I can't see how you can do this with "enemy". I am not saying that it is not an adjective; I am just asking, honestly.
Please give one or more examples. I suspect that the modifying nouns you refer to also have
an adjectival use.
–adjective 3.of, for, engaged in, or used while hunting: a hunting cap.
Is this the sort of thing you mean?
Surely many nouns are also adjectives, and gerunds like "hunting" are easily used as adjectives too. I'll collect some examples and I'll open a new thread instead, if that is ok with you.
Sounds good to me.
The combination of two nouns does not make the first noun and adjective. You can combine just about any two nouns, e.g. "jam jar". The first noun acts like an adjective, but it is still just part of a noun pair.
That would be a jam-jar
This is one of many examples of nouns being used attributively - in effect as adjectives.
Sometimes I think this is simply a matter of what you call a word when it is used in a particular sense, or whether or not you stick a hyphen between jam and jar.
Separate names with a comma.