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


   Qualitative adjectives give information about the qualities of the noun they modify and it is gradable. 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. 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. we are able to comment on how much of the quality the noun has.


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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