An adjective modifies a noun. It describes the quality, state or action that a noun refers to.

The good news is that the form of adjectives does not change, it does not matter if the noun being modified is male or female, singular or plural, subject or object.

Some adjectives give us factual information about the noun - age, size colour etc (fact adjectives - can't be argued with). Some adjectives show what somebody thinks about something or somebody - nice, horrid, beautiful etc (opinion adjectives - not everyone may agree).


i) Adjectives can come before nouns: a new car

ii) Adjectives can come after verbs such as be, become, seem, look, etc.: that car looks fast

iii) They can be modified by adverbs: a very expensive car

iv) They can be used as complements to a noun: the extras make the car expensive


Adjectives can be used to give your opinion about something.

good, pretty, right, wrong, funny, light, happy, sad, full, soft, hard etc.

For example:

He was a silly boy.


Adjectives can be used to describe size.

big, small, little, long, tall, short, same as, etc.

For example:

  • "The big man." or "The big woman".


Adjectives can be used to describe age.

For example:

  • "He was an old man." or "She was an old woman."


Adjectives can be used to describe shape.

round, circular, triangular, rectangular, square, oval, etc.

For example:

  • "It was a square box." or "They were square boxes."


Adjectives can be used to describe c o l o u r .

blue, red, green, brown, yellow, black, white, etc.

For example:

  • "The blue bag." or "The blue bags".


Adjectives can be used to describe origin.

For example:-

  • "It was a German flag." or "They were German flags."


Adjectives can be used to describe material.

  • "It was a cotton cushion." or "They were cotton cushions."


Adjectives can be used to describe distance. l -- o -- n -- g / short

long, short, far, around, start, high, low, etc.

For example:

  • "She went for a long walk." or "She went for lots of long walks."


Adjectives can be used to describe temperature.

cold, warm, hot, cool, etc.

For example:

  • "It day was hot." or "They days were hot."


Adjectives can be used to describe time.

late, early, bed, nap, dinner, lunch, day, morning, night, etc.

For example:

  • "She had an early start."


Adjectives can be used to describe purpose. (These adjectives often end with "-ing".)

For example:

  • "She gave them a sleeping bag." or "She gave them sleeping bags."

!Note - In each case the adjective stays the same, whether it is describing a maculine, feminine, singular or plural noun.

When using more than one adjective to modify a noun, the adjectives may be separated by a conjunction (and) or by commas (,).

For example:

  • "Her hair was long and blonde." or "She had long, blonde hair."

More examples:

List Of Adjectives

bad, jittery , purple, tan , better, jolly , quaint , tender

beautiful, kind, quiet, testy ,big ,long, quick, tricky,

black ,lazy, quickest, tough ,blue,bright, magnificent magenta, rainy

rare ,ugly, ugliest ,clumsy , many, ratty ,vast ,

crazy, mighty, red, watery ,dizzy ,mushy, roasted, wasteful

dull, nasty, robust, wide-eyed ,fat, new, round, wonderful

frail, nice, sad, yellow ,friendly ,nosy ,scary ,yummy

funny ,nutty, scrawny, zany ,great, nutritious, short

green ,odd ,silly ,gigantic, orange ,stingy ,gorgeous ,

ordinary ,strange ,grumpy, pretty ,striped ,

handsome, precious, spotty ,happy, prickly, tart,

horrible , tall ,itchy , tame

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