Definition of adjective. What are the types of adjectives along with examples?

An adjective describes some aspect of a noun or a pronoun. When an adjective is describing a noun, we say it is ‘’modifying’’ it.

Adjectives of quality describe feeling or qualities; state nationality or origin; tell us about noun’s characteristics, age, size, shape, or color; indicate what something is made of; and made express judgments or values. They can be used in the following ways—

Before a nounSameera is a voracious reader
After a ‘’be’’ verbThe movie was fabulous
After the verbs appear, become, feel, get, turns, tastes, smells, soundsShe appears dull in that dress
Without nounsThe homeless (i.e., homeless people) need our help.

When adjectives are written one after the another, there is an order in which they are placed.

DeterminerOpinionSizeShapeAgeColourOriginMaterialQualiferNoun
anexpensivelarge antique Englishwoodenwritingdesk
hergorgeous flowing yellow cottonsummerderss
thatbeautifulsmallsleekmodernredItalian racingcar
some tinyCylindric al   metaldrinkingGlass es
five tall young Indian cricketplayers

Present and past participles of verbs can also be used as adjectives.

ParticipleEndingAdjective functionExample
past-edDescribes how people feelI was amused by the article.
present-ingDescribes what causes a feelingIt was an amusing article.

COMPARATIVE DEGREE: the comparative form is always followed by “than’’

Ex: your pencil is longer than mine

The flower is more beautiful than its picture in the book

SUPERLATIVE DEGREE: the superlative form always had the definite article ‘’the’’ before it.

Ex: your pencil is the longest of the three in the box

That flower is the most beautiful of all those found in the region

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