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To enlarge, quantify or modify the meaning of a noun.

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A complete review of the different types of Adjectives, explaining how and when to use them. Examples, Exercises, Exams and downloads.

QUALIFYING

They serve to qualify the noun, add more information and description about it.

- Fat

- Short

- Good

- Long

- Cold

  • Examples

    The cat is too fat.

    That is not a good idea.

    I live in a big house.

    Where is my green book?

    It is cold today.

DEMONSTRATIVE

They indicate the proximity of the person with whom or about who we are talking. They determine the location of the noun with respect to the elements in the sentence.

- This

- That

- These

- Those

  • Examples

    This is my house.

    That is Emily over there.

    These are the bags I was talking about.

    Those are african elephants.

QUANTITATIVE

They express quantity imprecisely. They also qualify the noun imprecisely.

- Some

- Any

- Little

- Few

- Enough

- Many

- Much

  • Examples

    I do not have enough money.

    I want some biscuits, please.

    There is not much time.

    How many bottles are there?

    I need a little change.

INTERROGATIVE

They identify the noun in the interrogative sentences.

- What?

- Who?

- Which?

- Where?

- When?

- How?

- Whose?

  • Examples

    What are you doing?

    Where is your bag?

    Who are you looking for?

    When are they coming?

    How much is it?

POSSESSIVE

They establish a possessive relation respect to the noun.

- My

- Your

- His

- Her

- Its

- Our

- Their

  • Examples

    This is my car.

    The dog is eating its bone.

    They are our new friends.

    She lost her bag.

    Tom closed his shop.

NUMERICAL

They complement the noun, express a quantity or number of things.

- Five

- Ten

- First

- Second

- One

  • Examples

    It is in the second floor.

    I need one pencil.

    There are five flowers.

    Do you have ten minutes?

    This is her first job.

RULES

NO GENRE

- Good

- Fat

- Pretty

- Fast

- Cold

To identify the genre of the adjective, generally we have to take into account the attached noun.

  • Examples

    She is a pretty girl.

    This is a fast car.

    This coffee is cold.

    This dog is fat.

    My book is good.

NO PLURAL

Excluding the quantitative and demonstrative adjectives, which have different form in singular and plural.

  • Examples

    This flower.

    These flowers.

    Much milk.

    Many biscuits.

LOCATION

Before The Noun

Generally, the adjectives are written before the noun.

The Tall Boy.

The (article) tall (adjective) boy (noun).

  • Examples

    The tall boy.

    My little dog.

    The red bike.

    I bought a pink dress.

    She made a delicious cake.

RULE

When the adjective depends on the verb, it is written after it. Some examples...

- She looks beautiful.

- Andrew is intelligent.

- He feels bad.

- It smells good.

- They are blue.

We can use many adjectives together, there is an established order that has to be respected when we use several adjectives in the same sentence.

ORDER

TYPE

EXAMPLE

Opinion

Expensive

Size

Big

Shape

Round

State

Dirty

Age

Old

Color

Brown

Origin

Irish

Material

Wooden

Noun

Table

It is not necesary to use all the adjectives at the same time, generally we use no more than 3 of them in the same sentence to describe a noun. Some examples...

- A small pink bike.

- An awful new cotton hat.

- This is an enormous broken old American car.

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