In linguistics, an adjective is a word that modifies a noun or noun phrase or describes its referent. Its semantic role is to change information given by the noun. Adjectives are one of the main parts of speech of the English language, although they were classed together with nouns. Certain words that were traditionally considered to be adjectives, including the, this, my, etc. are today classed separately, as determiners. Adjective comes from Latin nōmen adjectīvum, a calque of Ancient Greek: ἐπίθετον ὄνομα, romanized: epítheton ónoma, lit.'additional noun'. In the grammatical tradition of Latin and Greek, because adjectives were inflected for gender and case like nouns, they were considered a type of noun; the words that are today called nouns were called substantive nouns. The terms noun substantive and noun adjective were used in English but are now obsolete. Depending on the language, an adjective can precede a corresponding noun on a prepositive basis or it can follow a corresponding noun on a postpositive basis.

Structural and style considerations can impinge on the pre- or post- position of an adjective in a given instance of its occurrence. In English, occurrences of adjectives can be classified into one of three categories: Prepositive adjectives, which are known as "attributive adjectives," occur on an antecedent basis within a noun phrase. For example: "I put my happy kids into the car," wherein happy occurs on an antecedent basis within the my happy kids noun phrase, therefore functions in a prepositive adjective. Postpositive adjectives can occur: subsequent to a noun within a noun phrase, e.g. "I took a short drive around with my happy kids. "My kids, happy to go cruising, are in the back seat." Nominalized adjectives, which function as nouns. One way this happens is by eliding a noun from an adjective-noun noun phrase, whose remnant thus is a nominalization. In the sentence, "I read two books to them. Another way this happens is in phrases like "out with the old, in with the new", where "the old" means "that, old" or "all, old", with "the new".

In such cases, the adjective may function as a mass noun. In English, it may function as a plural count noun denoting a collective group, as in "The meek shall inherit the Earth", where "the meek" means "those who are meek" or "all who are meek". Adjectives feature as a part of speech in most languages. In some languages, the words that serve the semantic function of adjectives are categorized together with some other class, such as nouns or verbs. In the phrase "a Ford car", "Ford" is unquestionably a noun but its function is adjectival: to modify "car". In some languages adjectives can function as nouns: for example, the Spanish phrase "uno rojo" means "a red "; as for "confusion" with verbs, rather than an adjective meaning "big", a language might have a verb that means "to be big" and could use an attributive verb construction analogous to "big-being house" to express what in English is called a "big house". Such an analysis is possible for the grammar of Standard Chinese, for example. Different languages do not use adjectives in the same situations.

For example, where English uses "to be hungry", Dutch and Spanish use "honger hebben", "avoir faim", "tener hambre" respectively. Where Hebrew uses the adjective זקוק‎, English uses the verb "to need". In languages that have adjectives as a word class, it is an open class. However, Bantu languages are well known for having only a small closed class of adjectives, new adjectives are not derived. Native Japanese adjectives are considered a closed class, although nouns may be used in the genitive to convey some adjectival meanings, there is the separate open class of adjectival nouns. Many languages distinguish between adjectives, which qualify nouns and pronouns, adverbs, which modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. Not all languages make this exact distinction. For example, in English, fast is an adjective in "a fast car" but an adverb in "he drove fast". In Dutch and German and adverbs are identical in form and many grammarians do not make the distinction, but patterns of inflection can suggest a difference: Eine kluge neue Idee.

A clever new idea. Eine klug ausgereifte Idee. A cleverly developed idea. A German word like klug takes endings when used as an attributive adjective but not when used adverbially. Whether these are distinct parts of speech or distinct usages of the same part of speech is a question of analysis, it can be noted that, while German linguistic terminology distinguishes adverbiale from adjektivische


Norby is a fictional robot created by Janet Asimov and Isaac Asimov who stars in his own series of children's science fiction books, The Norby Chronicles. His first appearance was in the 1983 book Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot, in total he appeared in 11 novels in the'Norby' series. According to Isaac Asimov, although Janet Asimov did 90% of the work, his "name was wanted on the book for the betterment of sales went over the manuscript and polished it a bit." Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot Norby's Other Secret Norby and the Lost Princess Norby and the Invaders Norby and the Queen's Necklace Norby Finds a Villain Norby Down to Earth Norby and Yobo's Great Adventure Norby and the Oldest Dragon Norby and the Court Jester Norby and the Terrified Taxi The'Norby' novels were combined into collections by Ace Books: The Norby Chronicles Norby: Robot for Hire Norby Through Time and Space Norby was a robot named the Searcher, created by the robot Mentor First on the planet Jamya. When the Mentor robots were in danger of deactivation due to exhausting their fuel, the Searcher was deployed in order to find a promised refueling ship sent by the Others, the creators of the Mentors.

The small robot succeeded in locating the ship, however before he could warp it back to Jamya, it crashed in Earth's asteroid belt. The impact of the crash rendered the Searcher immobile, until the ship was discovered many years by a salvager and inventor named McGillicuddy. McGillicuddy was a robot maker himself, albeit his were of cruder design than the Mentors'. One of his damaged robots was created from a tubby barrel that contained Norb's Nails becoming the basis for Norby's name. McGillicuddy used the Searcher's parts to repair his damaged robot. Norby fell into the possession of a used-robot shop where he was sold to Jefferson Wells, a space cadet looking for a teaching robot. Norby's body reflects his outer origins as a barrel, while his arms are retractable and have double-sided palms, his head is round with four eyes, two on each side, the top is a dome which he can retract into his barrel. His feet are extendable/retractable. Norby can communicate through telepathy by touch. Norby is equipped with a miniature anti-gravity device allowing him to float.

He possesses the ability to travel through hyperspace, although his navigating abilities are sometimes unreliable. He has the capability to travel through time via hyperspace. Norby's many features make him a target for scientists, the army, the rogue Inventor's Guild who wish to disassemble and study him. In the first Norby book, the Mixed-Up Robot and his owner Jefferson Wells stop the villain Ing the Ingrate from taking over the Solar System. In the second book, Norby's Other Secret and Jeff travel to the planet Jamya to restore the mental health of Norby's creator, Mentor First. Along the way they learn about a race that bio-engineered the intelligent Jamyn dragons; the third book and the Lost Princess, introduces the planet Izz and its displaced human settlers. While Norby and company prepare for a singing contest, they go to Izz where they find out that Princess Rinda has taken the only Izzian hyperspace ship to Melodia. Norby, Fargo and Albany go to the planet on a rescue mission only to be imprisoned by the native insect life.

The fourth book and the Invaders, pits Norby and Jeff against a race of balloon-shaped aliens nicknamed the Invaders. The Invaders kidnap the Grand Dragon at the novel's outset and place her in an underwater zoo on their homeworld. An intelligent vine named the Dookoza attempts to thwart a rescue mission by Jeff and Norby, but they end up freeing the Grand Dragon and leaving the Dookoza on the planet Melodia; the fifth book and the Queen's Necklace sends Norby and Jeff to the French Revolution using the Queen's Necklace, a time travel device that involved Marie Antoinette in a scandal. After escaping the Bastille and Jeff take a Frenchman named Marcel on a wild romp through time as they attempt try to find the origin of the device. Jeff meets a council of the Others in this book; the sixth book, Norby Finds a Villain introduces the character of Threezey the Clown, the alter ego of Ing. In this book, Ing/Threezey kidnaps Pera at a magic show and tries to use her to create a superbomb that will leave him as the only thing left in the universe.

He instead opens a portal to another reality where the tree-like Master Cult rule, accidentally bring them to the Solar System where they proceed to conquer Earth. In the seventh book, Norby Down to Earth, Norby learns about his origins as well as the fate of the spacer McGillicuddy, who converted him to his current form; the eighth book and Yobo's Great Adventure, finds Norby and Jeff stranded in ancient Africa with Admiral Yobo. The ninth book and the Oldest Dragon, takes place entirely on the planet Jamya, being menaced by an attack from an intelligent cloud; the dragon in the title refers to the Dowager Dragon, mother of the Grand Dragon. The tenth book and the Court Jester, is set once more on the planet Izz and brings back the villain Ing for a third appearance; the final book in the series and the Terrified Taxi, centers around Lizzie, an intelligent taxi first introduced in Norby Down to Earth. They must find and stop Garc the Great wh

Hope Ekudu

Hope Ekudu is a Ugandan statistician, bank manager and business administrator. She serves as the Head of Retail Banking, at Housing Finance Bank, effective August 2015. Ms Ekudu was born circa 1985 to Grace Adoku, Pastor John Ekudu-Adoku, a Christian minister and former Dean of Students at Makerere University, Uganda's largest and oldest public university, she is the last-born in a family of four siblings. She was admitted to Makerere University, where she earned a Bachelor of Statistics degree in 2006, she went on to attend Heriot Watt University, in Edinburgh, where she graduated with a Master of Business Administration, in 2011. She spent one year undergoing training organised by CEO Club Uganda and Strathmore University, to prepare her for the role of chief executive officer, in the future. Ms Ekudu, was a member of the pioneer class of 30 students who undertook the year-long course in 2013. In 2010, she was hired by Barclays Bank of Uganda, as the head of the team that processes payments and international services, including SWIFT, RTGS and EFT transactions.

After two years in that role, she was promoted to head of payments at the same bank, serving in that capacity until 2014. In July 2014, Ms Ekudu was hired by Housing Finance Bank, a commercial bank that focuses on mortgage lending, she has served in various roles at HFB, including as General Manage Operations, General Manager Retail Banking and as General Manager and Business Technology. Ms. Eduku is one of the eleven senior managers at HFB, report directly to the bank's managing director and chief executive officer. Website of Housing Finance Bank