Saturday, December 14, 2019

Adjectives

A word that describes a noun or pronoun:

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"Big", "boring", "purple", and "obvious" are all adjectives.

• In the sentence 'She is happy', 'happy' is a predicative adjective.
• Complete the sentence with one of the adjectives provided.
• You can change the adjective 'sweet' into a noun by adding the suffix '-ness' to the end of the word.
• In 'a sudden movement', 'sudden' is an adjective in the attributive position.
• I don't think I'd call it a beautiful picture - 'interesting' might be a better adjective to use!

Adjectives
Adjectives are one of the four major word classes, along with nouns, verbs and adverbs. Examples of adjectives are: big, small, blue, old, rich and nice. They give us more information about people, animals or things represented by nouns and pronouns: ...
Meanings of adjectives
Adjectives give us more information. They modify or describe features and qualities of people, animals and things. ...
Oppositeness
Most common adjectives are members of a pair of opposites (antonyms): ...
Gradable and ungradable
Many pairs of opposites are gradable, i.e. they have different degrees of the same feature: ...
Adjectives: forms
Unlike in many other languages, adjectives in English do not change (agree) with the noun that they modify: ...
Identifying adjectives
There is no general rule for making adjectives. We know they are adjectives usually by what they do (their function) in a sentence. However, some word endings (suffixes) are typical of adjectives. ...
Forming adjectives from other words ...
Adjectives: comparative and superlative
Many one-syllable adjectives have endings to show the comparative and superlative. ...
Adjectives: with -ing and -ed (interesting, interested)
We use the -ing and -ed forms of regular and irregular verbs as adjectives: ...
Adjectives: order ...
Order of adjectives
When more than one adjective comes before a noun, the adjectives are normally in a particular order. Adjectives which describe opinions or attitudes (e.g. amazing) usually come first, before more neutral, factual ones (e.g. red): ...
Adjective phrases
An adjective phrase always has an adjective acting as the head. The adjective phrase may also contain words or phrases before or after the head (modifiers and complements): ...
Adjective phrases: functions ...
Adjective phrases with nouns
One of the main functions of adjective phrases is that they go with nouns and change or add to their meaning. ...
Adjective phrases with verbs (Brenda is happy)
The second main function of an adjective phrase is to be a complement to a verb. It completes the meaning of verbs that describe what the subject is, does or experiences. These verbs include be, seem, become, feel, smell, taste (linking verbs). When adjective phrases complement verbs, this is called their predicative function. ...
Object complements
We also use adjective phrases to give more information about an object (underlined) so as to complete its meaning (object complement): ...
Adjective phrases: position
When an adjective is used with a noun, the usual order in English is adjective + noun: ...
Adjectives with nouns and verbs
Adjectives can go before the noun (attributive) or after linking verbs such as be, become, seem (predicative): ...
Words and phrases that go before and after adjectives
The most typical words and phrases that go before adjectives (premodifiers) are adverb phrases expressing degree: ...
Gradable adjectives and words and phrases that go before them
Most common adjectives can express different degrees of qualities, properties, states, conditions, relations, etc. These are called gradable adjectives: ...
Gradable opposites (antonyms) ...
Different meanings of adjectives before the noun and after the verb
We can use some adjectives before the noun or after the verb but the meaning differs. ...
Adjectives before nouns that modify other nouns
A noun (n) is sometimes used before another noun to give more information about it. This is called a noun modifier. Adjectives (adj) come before noun modifiers: ...
Order of adjectives in noun phrases with articles and degree modifiers
When adjectives are used before the noun (attributive function), there are also sometimes degree adverbs. Different degree adverbs require different positions for the adjective phrase. ...
Adjectives and adjective phrases: typical errors ...
Related words
adjectival
adjectivally