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The Definitions of Adjective
- An adjective is a word that modifies a noun or noun phrase or describes its referent.
- Adjective is a word that describes a noun or a pronoun
- Adjective is a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical.
- Adjective is a word that tells us more about a noun. It "describes" or "modifies" a noun
- Adjectives are words that describe the qualities or states of being of nouns.
- Adjective is a word belonging to one of the major form classes in any of numerous languages and typically serving as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else.
Adjective "describes" or "modifies" a noun (The big dog was hungry). In these examples, the adjective is in bold and the noun that it modifies is in italics.
An adjective often comes BEFORE a noun:
- a green car
- a dark sky
- an interesting story
And sometimes an adjective comes AFTER a verb:
- My car is green.
- The sky became dark.
- His story seemed interesting.
But adjectives can also modify pronouns (She is beautiful). Look at these examples:
- They were empty.
- I thought it seemed strange.
- Those are not expensive.
Note that we can often use two or more adjectives together (a beautiful young French lady / it is black and white).
Some adjectives have particular endings, for example:
- -able/-ible: washable, credible
- -ish/-like: childish, childlike
- -ful/-less: careful, careless
- -ous: dangerous, harmonious
- -y: dirty, pretty
However, many adjectives have no obvious form.
Most adjectives can be comparative or superlative, for example:
- big, bigger, biggest
- good, better, best
- beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful
Denominal adjective examples
Order of adjective examples
Comparing adjective examples
Compound adjectives examples
Adjectival phrase examples
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