What Are Descriptive Adjectives?
Take a look at the following examples:
I heard a
This coffee is
In these examples, the words 'funny' and 'sweet' are descriptive adjectives. They both describe the nouns they modify and tell us information we can use to describe the things they are referring to.
The vast majority of adjectives are descriptive adjectives.
Categories of Descriptive Adjectives
Descriptive Adjectives can talk about: what size something is, how something tastes, what something smells like, and so much more. Some adjectives that describe nouns are:
- size: big, small, little, tiny, huge
- taste: sweet, bitter, sour, salty, milky, sugary
- smell: stinking, fishy, savory
- texture: pokey, seedy, grainy, lumpy, gritty
- sound: mellow, melodic, musical
- appearance: fat, skinny, beautiful, good-looking
- personality: smart, outgoing, shy, stupid
- color: red, blue, bright, dark, matte
- shape: round, rectangular, angular, bent
Descriptive Adjectives: Position in a Sentence
Descriptive Adjectives: Types
Simple adjectives are comprised of single words that are commonly used to describe a noun. For example:
Compound adjectives are comprised of two words that are combined to create a descriptive adjective. The two words are typically connected with a hyphen. For example: