We mentioned that the same word can have different meanings when it is used as a verb or a noun. In fact, homographs can also apply to adjectives. For example, do you know the word ‘humble’ can be used to describe a place apart from saying a person who is not proud? Learn these words so that you can have a better understanding of the DSE English Reading!


1. Humble

a) Not proud (when describing people)

Although he became CEO at 20 years old, he was humble about his success.


b) Ordinary, not eye-catching (when describing places)

The humble restaurant is located at a non-touristy place. However, there are a lot of tourists queuing outside.


2. Outstanding

a) Exceptionally good (when describing people)

She is an outstanding writer who has published over 100 books.


b) Not yet solved (when describing problems)

Before getting on to the next topic, there are a couple of problems outstanding. We should first deal with them.


3. Ample

a) Large (when describing a body part of people)

Your ample belly makes you hard to walk. I believe you need to begin a diet.


b) Sufficient (when describing opportunities/ evidence)

There is ample evidence showing that this woman is the criminal.


4. Generous

a) Kind, helpful (when describing people)

He is a frequent donor who is generous with his money.


b) Large (when describing things)

It was out of my expectation that I had a generous pay increase this year.


5. Dynamic

a) Energetic (when describing people)

Becoming a dynamic leader can help steer a team forward.


b) Keep changing (when describing situations/ processes)

No one can predict the future trend. The situation now is too dynamic.