Adjectives

Examples Help! Adjectives - the Definition and Meaning of an Adjective

What is an Adjective? Adjectives are one of the primary parts of speech. The meaning or definition of a Adjectives is as follows:

 

Definition & Meaning of an Adjective
Adjectives are descriptive words. An adjective is a word which qualifies a noun, that is, shows or points out some distinguishing mark or feature of the noun. Examples:
A black dog - An angry man - A round theatre
Definition & Meaning of an Adjective

List of Descriptive Adjectives

Descriptive adjectives can be divided into different categories such as colors, sizes, sound, taste, touch, shapes, qualities, time, personality and ages. The following lists provide a few examples of descriptive adjectives in each of their categories:

  • Colors are adjectives
    Colors - examples: black, blue, white, green, red
  • Sizes
    Sizes - examples: big, small, large, thin, thick
  • Shapes
    Shapes- examples: triangular, round, square, circular
  • Qualities
    Qualities- examples: good, bad, mediocre
  • Personality Traits
    Personality - examples: happy, sad, angry, depressed
  • Time related
    Time - examples: Yearly , monthly, annually
  • Age related
    Ages - examples: new, young, old, brand-new, second-hand
  • Sound related
    Sound related - examples: loud, noisy, quiet, silent
  • Touch related
    Touch related - examples: slippery, sticky
  • Taste related
    Taste related - examples: juicy, sweet

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Examples Help! Types of Adjectives

An adjective is a word which qualifies a noun, that is, shows or points out some distinguishing mark or feature of the noun; as, A black dog. Adjectives have three forms called degrees of comparison:

  • the positive
  • the comparative
  • the superlative

Positive Adjectives

The positive adjective is the simple form of the adjective without expressing increase or diminution of the original quality: nice. Adjectives expressive of properties or circumstances which cannot be increased have only the positive form; a circular road; the chief end; an extreme measure.

Comparative Adjectives

The comparative adjective is that form of the adjective which expresses increase or diminution of the quality: nicer. Examples are older than or more expensive than or bigger than or faster than or taller than etc. Adjectives are compared in two ways, either by adding er to the positive to form the comparative and est to the positive to form the superlative. The following adjectives are exceptions to this rule ( irregular ):

  • bad becomes worse or worst

  • good becomes better or best.

 
Comparative adjectives are also formed by prefixing more to the positive for the comparative and most to the positive for the superlative;  handsome, handsomer, handsomest or handsome, more handsome, most handsome


Superlative Adjectives

The superlative adjective is that form which expresses the greatest increase or diminution of the quality: nicest. An adjective is in the superlative form when it expresses a comparison between one and a number of individuals taken separately; "John is the richest man in Boston.".

An adjective is also in the positive form when it does not express comparison; as, "A rich man." Adjectives of two or more syllables are generally compared by prefixing more and most. Example: Paris is the most romantic city in the world.

Predicate Adjective

A Predicate Adjective is an adjective that functions as a predicate, such as "John is handsome", handsome being the Predicate Adjective.
 

Overview

  • An adjective is in the superlative form when it expresses a comparison between one and a number of individuals taken separately; "John is the richest man in Boston."
  • Adjectives expressive of properties or circumstances which cannot be increased have only the positive form; a circular road; the chief end; an extreme measure.
  • Adjectives are compared in two ways, either by adding er to the positive to form the comparative and est to the positive to form the superlative, or by prefixing more to the positive for the comparative and most to the positive for the superlative;  handsome, handsomer, handsomest or handsome, more handsome, most handsome
  • Adjectives of two or more syllables are generally compared by prefixing more and most
  • Many adjectives are irregular in comparison;  bad, worse, worst or good, better, best.

Examples Help - Understanding the Different Adjectives!

Understanding the different types of Adjectives is a basic requirement of the English language. We hope the above information will be of some assistance.

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  • Types of Adjectives - Predicate, Positive, Comparative and Superlative
  • Definition, List and Examples
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  • What are Adjectives? List, Examples, Meaning and Definition
  • Descriptive Adjectives
  • Descriptive - colors, sizes, sound, taste, touch, shapes, qualities, time, personality and ages
  • Types of Adjectives - Predicate, Positive, Comparative and Superlative
  • English Grammar
  • Definition, List and Examples of Adjectives
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