Adjectives describe or give information about nouns.

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).

Old/Nice/Interesting etc. (adjectives)

A) adjective + noun (nice day / blue eyes etc.)

adjective + noun

It's a nice day today
Laura has got brown eyes.
There's a very old bridge in this village.
Do you like Italian food.?
I don't speak any foreign languages.

The adjective is before the noun:

  • They live in a modern house. (not 'a house modern')
  • Have you met any famous people? (not 'people famous')

The ending of an adjective is always the same:

  • a diffirent place different places (not 'differents')

B) be (am/is/are etc.) + adjective

  • The weather is nice today.
  • These flowers are very beautiful.
  • Are you cold? Shall i close the window?
  • The film wasn't very good. It was very boring.
  • Please be quiet. I'm reading.

C) look/feel/smell/taste/sound + adjective

  • 'You look tired.' Yes, I feel tired.
  • George told me about his new job. It sounds very interesting.
  • Don't cook that meat. It doesn't smell good.
He is
tired.   They are
American.   It is




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 colour.

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:

Adjective Pretty Serious Fast Quiet
Example She was a pretty girl. He was a serious boy. It was a fast car. They were quiet children.

Adjectives can be used after some verbs. They do not describe the verb, adverbs do that. Adjectives after a verb describe the subject of the verb (usually a noun or pronoun).

For example:

  • "David looks tired". The subject (in this case David) is being described as tired not the verb to loo

Comparative Possessive Superlative Used to List Of English Adjectives

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