Adjective Explanation

Adjectives in English

1.    When giving information about the subject, adjectives often come after the "be" verb in a sentence.

The apple is green.

Those people are very nice.

It was cloudy yesterday.

 

2.    Adjectives can also be used with some types of "non-action" verbs.

It seems hot in here.

The soup tastes delicious.

You look great today.

 

3.    When used to describe nouns, adjectives come directly before the noun.

The big room is my friend's office.

The nice man loves the young lady.

The young lady loves a different man.

He has a large car in his garage.

 

4.    Adjectives can also be used in a series.

The quick black dog jumped over the small lazy fox.

Mrs. Watson is polite, smart, and funny.

 

Things to Watch out for:

5.    Adjectives come before the nouns they modify, not after.

6.    Adjectives do not add -s with plural nouns.

7.    Adjectives can come between an article and a noun, but they do not replace the article.

8.    Negative words like "not" come after the "be" verb when used in sentences with adjectives.

Ok

Ok

Not Ok

He is rich.

He is a rich man.

He is a man rich.

Gloria is happy.

Gloria is a happy girl.

loria is happy a girl.

They are poor.

They are poor people.

They are poors people.

You are beautiful.

You are a beautiful person.

You are beautiful person.

You (students) are smart.

You are smart students.

You are smarts students.

The test was very easy.

It was a very easy test.

It was a test very easy.

It is not interesting.

It is not an interesting book.

It is interesting not.

We are not married.

We are not a married couple.

We are a not married couple.

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