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Types of adjectives Predicative Adjectives

Predicative adjectives are those which follow a linking verb and


Descriptive Adjectives or adjective of quality not placed before a noun. Predicative adjective does not act as
Adjective of quantity a part of the noun it modifies but serves as a complement of a
Predicative Adjectives linking verb which connects it to the noun of the sentence.
Take for instance 'The bag is heavy'. Here the predicative
Personal Titles
adjective 'heavy' is associated with the verb 'is' and links to the
Possessive Adjectives noun 'bag'. Other examples are:
Demonstrative Adjectives
Indefinite Adjectives The weather will be cool and dry.
Interrogative adjectives That child is young.
Comparative Adjectives
Superlative Adjectives Personal Titles

Descriptive Adjectives Or Adjective Of Quality Personal titles are adjectives where the titles such as, Mr.,
Descriptive adjectives are those adjectives which describe Master, Miss, Mrs., Uncle, Auntie, Lord, Dr, Prof. and so on,
nouns or the noun phrases. For example: 'A beautiful day'. In are used as adjectives to describe the position of the noun.
this case, 'beautiful' is the adjective which qualifies or These titles could be placed in the front or even at the end. For
describes the noun 'day'. Descriptive adjectives have several example:
forms as discussed below.
The day after tomorrow, you can
Colors as adjectives: Black, Blue, White, visit Auntie Pauline and Uncle John.
Green, etc. The classes on Monday will be presented
Touch as adjective: Slippery, Sticky, etc. by Dr. Mary and Prof. Kate.
Feelings as adjectives: Happy, Sad, Angry,
Possessive Adjectives
etc.
Sizes as adjectives: Big, Small, Thin, Thick, Possessive adjective is used where the sentence shows
etc. possession or belongingness. They are similar to possessive
Origin as adjectives: European, Latin, Greek, pronouns and, in this case, are used as adjectives which
modify a noun or a noun phrase. Here words such as, our, my,
etc.
your, his, her, it's and their/s, are used. For example:
Shapes as adjectives: Triangular,
Rectangular, Square, Circular, etc.
Have you seen their house?
Qualities as adjectives: Good, Bad, Average,
This is his room.
etc.
Time as adjective: Yearly, Monthly, etc. Demonstrative Adjectives
Age as adjectives: Young, Ancient, Old, etc.
Material as adjectives: Wood, Cotton, Gold, Demonstrative adjectives are used when there is a need to
point specific things. The adjectives function as a way to
etc.
demonstrate something and are similar to demonstrative
Opinions as adjectives: Pretty, hot, expensive, pronouns. Here words such as this, that, these, those and what
etc. are used. Take, for instance, the sentence: 'If I hear that sound
again, I will call the Police'. Here 'that' refers to a specific
Adjective Of Quantity Or Numeric Adjective sound. Other examples are as follows:

Adjective of quantity talks about the quantity of the noun being Whose is this bag?
talked about and provides answer to the question of 'how These mangoes are sour.
much'. It shows the quantity or the numbers present in the
sentence. For example: 'there were three boys playing in the
ground'. Here the word 'three' signifies the quantity or the
number of boys playing. Other examples are:

He has little intelligence.


Sunday is the first day of the week.
Indefinite Adjectives ORDER
The use of adjectives is essential when trying to
Indefinite adjectives are used when the sentence has nothing
to point out or specify. These adjectives are formed from describe a noun or pronoun. Good writers and
indefinite pronouns and do not indicate anything in particular. It speakers are able to use adjectives to create clear,
uses words such as, any, many, few and several, etc. Here is mental images for the reader or listener. As you
an example explained in detail: 'The chief has heard many continue to work on your English, dont be afraid to
people make the same promise'. The word 'Many' is an use multiple adjectives to describe something. Using
indefinite adjective which does not specify the quantity of more than three physically descriptive type
people and modifies the noun 'people' without pointing out
adjectives in sequence to describe one noun or
exactly who all have made the said same promise. Other
pronoun would sound a little awkward. When using
examples:
multiple adjectives in a sequence, you must be aware
of the correct adjective order. The proper order of
Many children like dinosaurs.
adjectives is listed below along with some examples
Is there any water in the bottle? for each category.

Interrogative Adjectives
1. Determiners a, an, the, my, your,
several, etc.
An Interrogative adjective modifies a noun or a noun phrase 2. Observations lovely, boring,
and is similar to the interrogative pronoun. It does not stand on stimulating, etc.
its own and includes words such as, which, what, who, whose, 3. Size tiny, small, huge, etc.
whom, where and so on. For example: 'What dress are you 4. Shape round, square, rectangular,
wearing?' Here, 'what' modifies the noun 'dress' and is the etc.
object of the compound verb 'are wearing'. Other examples: 5. Age old, new, ancient, etc.
6. Color red, blue, green, etc.
7. Origin British, American, Mexican,
Which leaves turn color first? etc.
Whose son is he? 8. Material gold, copper, silk, etc.
9. Qualifier limiters for compound
nouns.
Comparative Adjectives

Comparative adjectives are those which imply increase or Here are some examples:
decrease of the quality or quantity of the nouns. It is used to
compare two things in a clause. Adjectives are generally made "The interesting, small, rectangular, blue car
comparative by adding 'er' to the original work like nicer, taller, is parked in my space."
smarter, etc; there are some exceptions also. Other examples "I bought a beautiful, long, red, Italian, silk
are:
tie."
"My father lives in a lovely, gigantic, ancient,
The detective is younger than the thief brick house."
Science is more important than math in these "I have an annoying, small, circular,
days. American, tin, alarm clock that wakes me
This school is better than the last one I up."
attended. "Lets order a delicious, huge, rectangular,
pepperoni pizza."
Superlative Adjectives "We all love our smart, petite, British
teacher."
Superlative adjectives express the greatest increase or "They all received several dazzling, small,
decrease of the quality; it conveys the supreme value of the ancient, gold coins."
noun in question. For instance, 'He is the richest man in this "She owns a stunning, large, old, brown dog
town'. Here, the word 'richest' is the superlative adjective which
named Boris."
shows a comparison individually.

Mary is the tallest of all the students.


I am in the smallest class in the school.
This is the most interesting subject for me.