An adjective is a word that describes a person or thing.

Examples: Big, pretty, expensive, green, round, French, loud, quick, fat.

Example sentences:

He has big blue eyes.

The new car broke down.

The old lady was talking in a quiet voice.

The word “adjective” comes from the Latin word jacere, which means “to throw.”

 

Types of adjectives

Adjectives can be divided into several types: Opinion Nice, pretty, stupid, original, expensive, etc.

Size

Big, small, large, tiny, enormous, little, etc.

Age

Young, old, new, ancient, antique, etc.

Shape

Round, square, flat, straight, etc.

Color

Blue, red, white, black, dark, bright, yellowish, etc.

Origin

Italian, British, Mexican, western, southern, etc.

Material

Metal, wooden, plastic, golden, etc.

 

Determiners:

A determiner is a word that comes before a noun to show which person or thing you are talking about.

Examples: A, an , the , my, your, some, any, several, enough, any.

Example sentences:

I have a red hat.

Please give me my bag.

Some people decided to leave.

She doesn’t want any money.

They watched several movies.

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Some people consider determiners to be a type of adjective. What’s special about determiners is that you usually can use only one determiner at a time.

Incorrect: He has the my ticket.

Correct: He has my ticket / He has the ticket.

Nouns that act like adjectives. Sometimes nouns function as adjectives. In other words, they come before another noun and describe it.

Examples:

Sports car

Orange juice

Television station

Coffee shop

Book cover

The order of adjectives

A noun can have several adjectives describing it.

Examples:

“She bought a new red Italian table.”

“He is a great , successful father.”

There are certain rules on the correct order of those adjectives. This is the order you should generally follow: Determiner -> opinion -> size -> age -> shape -> color -> origin -> material -> a word describing purpose/function

Examples:

A nice little coffee shop

(Determiner -> opinion -> size -> purpose/function word)

My huge new swimming pool

(Determiner -> size -> age -> purpose/function word)

Several Chinese plastic cups

(Determiner -> origin -> material)

The round yellow ball

(Determiner -> shape -> colour )

Adjectives of the same type:

When you have several adjectives of the same type, you should separate them with commas or a conjunction (and, but).

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Examples:

A cheap, good meal

A happy, smart man

The beautiful, original painting

My nice and sweet cat

An expensive but important trip

 

Comparative adjectives

“Comparative” means “comparing something to something else.” Comparative adjective show us which thing is better, worse, stronger, weaker, and so forth.

Examples:

Better, worse, bigger, smaller, nicer, fatter, thinner, and more dangerous.

Example sentences:

She is a better student than her brothers.

The test was worse than I’d expected.

You are stronger than me.

He seems healthier.

You are more beautiful than her.

 

Superlative adjectives

“Superlative” means “of the highest degree.” Superlative adjectives show us which thing is the best, the strongest, and so forth.

Examples:

Best, worst, strongest, smallest, cheapest, most expensive.

Example sentences:

You are my best friend.

This is the worst day of my life.

Even the smallest donation helps.

This is the most expensive restaurant I’ve ever heard of.

 

See also

Pronouns

Nouns

Part of speech

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