An adjective is a word which qualifies a noun. Adjectives are descriptive words. shows or points out some distinguishing mark or feature of the noun.  There are four types of adjectives which are: Qualitative adjectives Classifying adjectives Attributive adjectives Predicative adjectives . that is.


we are able to comment on how much of the quality the noun has.   Qualitative adjectives give information about the qualities of the noun they modify and it is gradable. For example: an intelligent student a highly intelligent student a fairly intelligent student The use of highly and fairly makes a big difference to the meaning. Qualitative adjectives can also be comparative or superlative: Absolute Tall Beautiful Comparative Superlative Tallest Taller More beautiful Most beautiful . By putting certain words in front of them and grading them.


with describing adjectives next to the classifying adjective. e. rather than a multinational large corporation.   Classifying adjectives are adjectives that classify its nouns and it is non gradable.g. Further examples: Correct Outdoor sports Foreign exchange market Wrong This sport is outdoor Exchange foreign market . a large multinational corporation. Classifying adjectives must be placed immediately next to the noun.


For example. For example.    Attributive adjectives are part of the noun phrase headed by the noun they modify. Attributive adjectives usually leads their nouns in simple phrases. “I saw three happy kids” and “I saw three kids happy enough to jump up and down with glee”. Other examples are: The big house The interesting book The poor child The courier company provides nationwide service . but often follow their nouns when the adjective is modified or qualified by a phrase acting as an adverb. happy is the attributive adjective in “happy friends”.


Nycholas does not seem scared of them. The two teams look very similar in the way they play the game. Watching the championship was fun.  . VI. the whole team is going to judge you on what you do today.  Examples of sentences with predicative pronouns: I. III. Andrya argues that cheering for a team can be nervewreaking too. People are interested in this game. V. If you are not careful.Predicative adjectives are adjectives that follows a linking verb and modifies (directly refers to) the subject( noun or pronoun) of the sentence. IV. II.

. There is a total of six features of adjectives which are forms. comparison and order. gradability. types/functions.

g.One-word adjectives ~Adjectives that can describe a situation or objects accurately and clearly understood. Attentive listener. A five-room house. A ten-year-old boy . Well-dressed.g. ~ E. ~E. Fast car Compound adjectives ~Two or more adjectives work together to form the same noun. Good-looking. Loving parents. Confused Allen Noun as an adjective ~Noun converted into an adjective because placed before another noun. ~ E. ~ E.g.g. Alarming issues. Strong man. Open-minded Participial adjectives ~Adjective coincident with the –ing or –ed form of the verb to which it is related.

A large multinational corporation Qualitative ~Give information about the qualities of the noun they modify. Emphasising ~To emphasize feelings towards something ~E.g. ~ E. White door Classifying ~Classifying nouns. In entire agreement with… . ~E. ~E. Total rubbish. A perfect success.g.g. A complete idiot. A raving lunatic. Purple blouse. Pure bliss. Genuine pleasure to…. The very thing.g. A highly creative artist. In utter despair.Colour ~Describes the colour of something. Green guava.

She is ready to face the consequences of her actions. ~E. . This man is alone. Angelina Jolie is a beautiful woman. Bradd Pitt is a handsome man. The beach was sandy.Attributives ~Comes before a noun and not after a copula verb(linking verb) to the complement. That is a large tree. The book is big. This is a delicious piece of sushi. ~Modifies of describes a noun or pronoun. ~E.g.g. Predicatives ~Comes after a copula verb(linking verb) and not before a noun to the complement.

I don’t know any of the answers. It’s absolutely freezing in here.g. That film is really terrifying! *Note that “really” can be used with both gradable and non-gradable nouns. I’m extremely tired.g.Gradable ~Have different degrees and can be graded ~E. I’m going to bed. Why don’t you get him a history book? This exercise is absolutely impossible. Non-gradable ~Do not have different degrees and thus cannot be graded ~E. Shall I turn the fire on? He’s completely fascinated by history. It’s a bit cold in here. Shall I turn the fire on? He’s very interested in history books. . Why don’t you get him one? This exercise is really difficult.

Her situation is going from bad to worse.g William is the tallest in his class. Fabulous. Ultimate. Stellar. I am in the smallest class in the institute. Superlative ~To compare 3 or more nouns ~E.etc. Comparative ~To compare the difference between 2 nouns ~E. Great.Positive ~Simple form of the adjective without expressing increase or diminution of the original quality.g His dog is bigger than my sister’s dog. ~E.g. Fantastic. . The house at the end of the street is the nicest. Mary’s house is the biggest in town. Amazing. The light is brighter on the other side.

wood. glass. new etc yellow. etc big. tall. old. The order of adjectives is as following: a. green. small etc. square. many. smart. large. short etc. several etc. European. African.  Used when more than one adjective is used to describe a noun. an. a year. football field. pink etc. tall. Determiner Opinion Size Shape Age Colour Origin Material Purpose/Qualifier .safe island. Middle Eastern. ugly. fat. gold etc. circle. Asian. young 10 years. pretty. five. much. cloth. hat box. sleeping bag. English. a week. American. computer table. plastic. her. thin. Chinese cotton. cheap.

4. A disgusting pink plastic ornament. 7. if you see it please let me know. The library has old and new books. 8. . black and white bag. 3. An interesting book. 5. 9.Examples of sentences using the order of adjectives: 1. Some slim new French trousers. A big square blue box. A brown leather jacket. My friend lost a red. A wonderful old Italian clock. 6. 2. A sleeping bag.

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