It was a spectacle.
It was spectacular.
It was a spectacular sky.
It was an awesome sight.
It was an awful sight.
It was an historic night.
It was a historical event.
Larry washed the car clean.
Larry wiped the car dry.
Larry pushed the door open.
She wants her car cleaned. (service)
She wants her car clean. (state)
She found her car clean. (unexpected state)
Its a chair for an office.
It's an office chair. (singular)
It is a sports car. (a rare plural modifier)
The ladder had five steps.
It was a five-step ladder.
There are a million uses for WD-40. (spelled out)
The act was entertaining.
We were entertained.
It was an entertaining act.
The highly entertained audience sat silently.
a roasting chicken - still cooking!
a roasted chicken - done!
A recently spotted owl was making a nest. (seen)
A spotted owl nests in spring. (natural appearance)
A sleeping dog should not be awakened. (ongoing)
A sleeping bag is required for camping. (function)
The endings of those movies were disappointing
The movies were ending without finishing the story.
Ending the movie production was difficult.
The director began ending the movie production.
The production ending last June will be ready by August.
The children were interested in hearing his story.
The press was excited about the President's speech.
The President is pleased with the
The President is pleased with how the people responded.
I was surprised to see how much the neighborhood had changed. (past participial adjective)
It was surprising to see how much the neighborhood had changed. (present participial adjective)
We saw broken windows. (past participial adjective)
We heard breaking news. (present participial adjective)
The basketball player is nine feet tall. (plural)
He can place a ball in a basket ball hoop ten feet high.
He sleeps in a bed that is nine and a half feet long.
He is extremely tall.
People have much more knowledge about eating right.
Many more people are eating healthier diets.
People eat too much fat, sugar and salt.
People eat too many chips, cookies and candy bars.
He is much too old for her.
She is far too young for him.
*Do you want less lines and wrinkles on your face?
fewer lines than before / less wrinkling than before
We use fewer toxic chemicals. (number)
We use less toxic chemicals. (percentage, composition)
Less is more (noun)
Few people can give to food programs this year.
A few people will work with food programs.
Little help is being offered. (not much)
A little help is being offered. (enough)
The apple is similar to the orange.
The color of the apple is unlike the color of the orange. This While the orange is high in fiber, the apple is not.
On the one hand, oranges are high in vitamin C; on the other hand, they are very acetic to the stomach.
The apple is the same weight as the orange.
The apple is as heavy as the orange.
The apple is as light as the orange.
This apple is better than that one. (good - better)
This apple is more beautiful than that one.
This apple is less beautiful than that one.
He drives faster than she does. / she.
*He drives faster than her.
The shop is farther down the street. physical distance
The shop is further down the street. physical distance
What you say couldn't be further from the truth! (a lie) fig.
Do you need any further assistance? ("more")
We'll help them further their cause (advance) verb
The Granny Smith apple is the tastiest apple for baking.
The Red Delicious apple is the most flavorful apple.
The Jonathan apple is the least flavorful apple.
The cheetah runs the fastest of all mammals.
The sloth moves the least fast of all mammals.
The blind need accessible walkways.
The English were proud of their team.
Do you want a large or small coffee. I'll have the large.
The latter will be much better. In fact, it's the best.