Types of Adjectives for intermediate learners

Adjectives are the most used words in sentences. There are several types of adjectives according to their uses. Let's get to know them!

"Types of Adjectives" in English Grammar

Types of Adjectives

Adjectives can be classified into different types based on the specific characteristics they describe for a noun. In this lesson, we will discuss three of them:

What Are Descriptive Adjectives?

Descriptive adjectives are used to provide more information about the qualities or attributes of a noun or pronoun. They are used to add details that help describe the appearance, size, shape, color, texture, or other features of the noun they modify. Basically, they can be categorized into two groups:

What Are Attributive Adjectives?

Attributive adjectives are usually placed before a noun and directly modify it. They function to provide additional information about the noun, such as:

This is an ugly chair.

Tell me about the tall guy.

What Are Predicate Adjectives?

Predicate adjectives come after linking verbs and describe the subject of the sentence. Here are some examples:

You are better than this.

He became cruel all of a sudden.

What Are Compound Adjectives?

Compound adjectives are formed by combining two or more words to create an adjective that functions as a single unit to modify a noun. Take a look at the examples:

That is just a five-day trip.

His first-born child is dead.

What Are Quantitative Adjectives?

Quantitative adjectives are a type of adjective that provide information about the quantity or amount of a noun. They can be:

Here are a few examples:

There are two cats in the garden.

This is the first step.


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Adjectives are words that are used to modify nouns. They offer more information about the noun after them.

Adjective Placement and Order

In this lesson, we will learn the place of adjectives in a sentence and where they appear. We will also learn about the order of different types of adjectives

Descriptive Adjectives

Descriptive adjectives are adjectives that modify a noun or pronoun by showing its quality. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

Comparative adjectives are used to compare one noun to another noun. Superlative adjectives are used to compare three or more nouns.

Attributive and Predicative Adjectives

An attributive adjective is an adjective that appears before the noun or pronoun it describes. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

Compound Adjectives

Compound adjectives are used as one single adjective. They function as the head of the sentence. In this lesson, we will learn all about them.
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