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Forming adjectives from nouns
Forming adjectives from nouns: in English lots of adjectives are formed by adding “Y” to a noun. Sometimes the adjective has a different meaning from that of the noun as it takes on a figurative connotation.
Here are a few of them.
Oily (from oil)
Greasy ( figurative) smooth, unctuous
Gritty (from grit): (figurative) rough, tough
Graggy ( fromcrag) : hilly; ( figurative) rough , full of wrinkles
Crabby ( from crab) : irritable ,ill-tempered
Snacky (from snack): something fit to be eaten between main meals
Zesty ( from zest): full of energy, dynamic
Fishy (from fish): smelling like fish,(figurative) suspicious, dubious
Saucy (from sauce) : covered with sauce; (figurative) impertinent, sexually attractive
Racy (from race): ( figurative ) not really proper, a bit too lively.
Pacy (from pace, step): progressing or moving quickly
Jumpy (from jump): (figurative) edgy, nervous
Pushy (from push) : ( figurative ) aggressive ,forward
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