Adjectives are used to describe nouns. They give more details or information about the nouns they are associated with.
A: Tell me about your boyfriend
B: Well, he is
A: Sounds like mine.
Adjectives can be used to answer the questions
What kind (of)
or Which one?
A: Hi. I'm calling about the car you're selling?
B: It's a great car. (It's) in
A: What kind of seats does it have?
B: They're very
comfortable seats, (soft,
plush, just like a sofa.)
A: Uh. I think I'll sleep on it.
A: Hand me a book.
B: Which one do you want?
A: The red book. The
Adjectives come before the nouns they modify (not after).
Adjectives can also be used with linking verbs to describe the subject of a sentence.
Three happy hippies lived in the Heartquake Hotel.
WRONG: Three hippies happy lived in the Heartquake Hotel.
When used in this manner, the adjective(s) come after the linking verb.
My mother is tall and slender.
WRONG: My mother tall and slender. (No linking verb.)
Seem, become, appear, and verbs of perceptioncan also be used as linking verbs. Note how they are used with adjectives in the following. Can you identify the linking verbs and the adjectives?
Adjectives are the same for all nouns. They do not change for plurals.
The journey seemed long. (It appeared strenuous and boring.)
You smell nice today. What kind of cologne are you wearing?
A: What do you want to do this weekend? Bowling? Shopping? A movie?
B: Bowling sounds good.
Tom looked greedy. (He appeared to be a greedy person.)
The adjective greedy is used to describe Tom.
Tom looked greedily at the pie on the table.
(He saw it and wanted it for himself.)
The adverb greedily is used to describe Tom's action.
Example: Three tired tigers tried to tie a triangular tie.
Not: Not three tireds tigers.
When several adjectives modify the same noun, there is a particular order they must follow in English. Certain adjectives come before others. (Not all have to be used in the same sentence.)
See the chart below.
a, an, this, that, my, his
Some of the hungry gentlemen
The last great civilization
Ten big round metal rings
The beautiful Japanese ceramic vase
Either of the small green apples
My three lovely daughters
An interesting wooden statue
The third red plastic container