Adjectives

Attributive adjectives after nouns

February 23, 2011

Most adjectives can go in two main places in a sentence: in attributive position and predicative position. In attributive position, an adjective comes before the noun it modifies. She is a nice girl. She married a rich businessman. In predicative position, an adjective goes after the verb. She is nice. He looked upset. While attributive […]

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Distributives

October 12, 2010

Each, every, either and neither are distributive adjectives. These are normally used with singular nouns. Position Distributives are placed immediately before the nouns they qualify. Each boy wore a hat. Neither answer is correct. Every child needs love. Note Each, either and neither can be used with plural nouns when they are followed by ‘of’ […]

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Adjective Phrases

September 16, 2010

Sometimes a group of words does the work of an adjective. Study the following examples. The mayor was a wealthy man. The mayor was a man of great wealth. In sentence 1, the adjective wealthy says what sort of man the mayor was. In sentence 2, the group of words ‘of great wealth’ also says […]

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Degrees of Comparison

June 18, 2010

Read the following sentences: John is tall. Peter is taller than John. Harry is the tallest of the three. In sentence 1, the adjective tall merely says something about John’s height. It doesn’t state how tall John is. In sentence 2, the adjective taller is used to compare John’s height with Peter’s height. In sentence […]

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Adjectives used without nouns

June 4, 2010

Adjectives are often used without nouns. To refer to some well-known groups of people The structure the + adjective is used to talk about some well-known groups of people. Examples are: the blind, the deaf, the unemployed, the rich, the poor, the young, the old, the dead etc. He is collecting money for the blind. […]

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What are adjectives?

June 2, 2010

An adjective is a word like kind, happy, smart and intelligent. An adjective typically modifies a noun and denotes a temporary or permanent quality associated with that noun. For example, a smart boy is a boy who is distinguished from other boys by being smart. Not all adjectives are used to denote a quality associated […]

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