Adoptive or adopted

It is not very difficult to remember the difference between adopted and adoptive. Just take a look at these examples:

Mary has adopted a little boy. Now he calls her ‘mommy’.

Jeremy was adopted by Mary a year ago. He looks happy now.

Jeremy loves his adoptive mother.

Jake didn’t know his natural parents. But his adoptive parents gave him everything: love, care and support.

According to these examples we can see that adopted’ is a person who was taken by somebody while ‘adoptive’ is a person who takes somebody.

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