A New Approach to English Grammar, on Semantic Principles

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Appendix List of adjective and verb types, with sample members
The lists below recapitulate the adjective types given in §3.2 and the verb types from Chapters 4-6, and their semantic roles and subtypes, with the sample members quoted there.
Adjective types
DIMENSION type, e.g. big, great, short, thin, round, narrow, deep
PHYSICAL PROPERTY type, e.g. hard, strong, clean, cool, heavy, sweet, fresh, cheap
CORPOREAL subtype, e.g. well, sick, ill, dead; absent
SPEED type--quick, fast, rapid, slow, sudden
AGE type--new, old, young, modern
COLOUR type, e.g. white, black, red, crimson, mottled, golden
VALUE type, e.g. (a) good, bad, lovely, atrocious; (b) odd, strange, curious; necessary, crucial; important; lucky
DIFFICULTY type, e.g. easy, difficult, tough, hard, simple
QUALIFICATION type
DEFINITE subtype, e.g. definite, probable, true
POSSIBLE subtype, e.g. possible, impossible
USUAL subtype, e.g. usual, normal, common
LIKELY subtype, e.g. likely, certain
SURE subtype, e.g. sure
CORRECT subtype, e.g. correct, right, wrong, appropriate, sensible
HUMAN PROPENSITY type
FOND subtype, e.g. fond (of)
ANGRY subtype, e.g. angry (about), jealous (of), mad (about), sad (about)
HAPPY subtype, e.g. anxious, keen, happy, thankful, careful, sorry, glad (all taking about); proud, ashamed, afraid (all taking of)
UNSURE subtype, e.g. certain, sure, unsure (all taking of or about), curious (about)

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