Adjective phrase

August 27, 2013

A word group that has an adjective as its head is called an adjective phrase. Note that the adjective in this phrase may be accompanied by other words such as determiners, modifiers etc. Adjective phrases can go before a noun (attributive position). They can also go after a linking verb like be (predicative position). He […]

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Adjective or adverb?

May 9, 2013

Adjectives are words used to modify nouns. They usually go before nouns. Adjectives may also go after be (is, am, are, was, were) and copular verbs like become, seem, look, feel etc. I feel happy. (NOT I feel happily.) She seemed excited. (NOT She seemed excitedly.) They were upset. Adverbs are words used to modify […]

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Absolute adjectives

April 6, 2013

Some adjectives express ideas that cannot be graded. For example, a person can’t be more or less dead. In the same way, a sphere can’t be more or less round. In grammars these adjectives are called non-gradable or absolute adjectives. Non-gradable adjectives do not have comparative or superlative forms. There are very few non-gradable adjectives, […]

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Relative pronouns used to introduce adjective clauses

February 14, 2013

We have already learned that an adjective clause is a group of words that works like an adjective. Adjectives are used to modify nouns. In the same way, adjective clauses are also used to modify nouns. In this lesson we will take a look at the five relative pronouns used to introduce adjectives clauses. Note […]

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The positive, comparative and superlative degrees

October 11, 2012

An adjective can exist in three forms – positive, comparative and superlative. The positive form is the base form of the adjective. The comparative form expresses a higher degree of some quality. The superlative form expresses the highest degree. Fill in the blanks with the comparative or superlative form of the adjective given in the […]

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Using adjectives

September 3, 2012

Adjectives are describing words. Adjectives usually go before the nouns they modify (attributive position). They can also go after the verb be (predicative position). Note that most adjectives can go in both positions. Study the example sentences given below. The flowers are red. (Predicative position) These are red flowers. (Attributive position) The car is expensive. […]

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Word order: position of adjectives

June 21, 2012

Different kinds of words go in different positions in a sentence. For example, nouns usually go at the beginning of a sentence. Adjectives usually go before nouns. They can also go after verbs. Nouns, too, can go after verbs. The main factor that determines the position of a word is its function. For example, a […]

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Mistakes in the use of adjectives

May 1, 2012

Here is a list of errors that ESL students often make in the use of adjectives. Incorrect: She is more stronger than her sister. Correct: She is stronger than her sister. Avoid double comparatives. Adjectives of one syllable usually form their comparatives by adding –er to the positive. Longer adjectives take more. Incorrect: Bombay is […]

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Position of adjectives

April 29, 2012

Adjectives usually go before the nouns they modify. She is a nice girl. (Here the adjective nice modifies the noun girl and goes before it.) He is an intelligent boy. That was a clever idea. When two or more adjectives come before a noun, they are usually separated by commas. A large, round table A […]

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Correct use of some adjectives

August 17, 2011

The adjective can be correctly used with a verb when some quality of the subject, rather the action of the verb, is to be expressed. These flowers smell sweet. (NOT These flowers smell sweetly.) It tastes sour. (NOT It tastes sourly.) The plural forms these and those are often used with the singular nouns kind […]

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