In English, there are two categories of descriptive adjectives: qualifying adjectives and classifying adjectives.
Qualifying adjectives describe the characteristics, qualities or faults of a person, place or thing. They are gradable, which means that they can be preceded by an adverb of degree, such as very, somewhat or really.
Classifying adjectives categorize the people, places or things they describe. They express permanent or absolute characteristics and cannot be graded.
In the sentences below, determine whether the adjective in square brackets is a qualifying adjective or a classifying adjective.
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