The adjectives in English


Kelts School - Idiomas e Intercâmbio

What are adjectives?

Adjectives tell us something about a person or a thing.


What do adjectives modify?

Adjectives can modify nouns or pronouns/names.

person thing
Mandy is a careful girl. This is a nice car.
She is careful. It is nice.
Mandy is careful.

Where do adjectives go?

An adjective can be put before the noun). Then it is an attribute.

person thing
Mandy is a careful girl. This is a nice car.

An adjective can be put after the verb to be (is). Then it is part of the predicate.

person thing
The girl is careful. This car is nice.

Adjectives can go after the following verbs: appear, become, feel, get, go, keep, turn.

When we speak about what something looks like, smells, sounds and tastes – we use the adjective. Mind the difference between adjective and adverb.

I feel great.
She looks good.
It seems impossible.
The steak smells fantastic.


Can adjectives be used without nouns?

Yes, adjectives can be used without nouns. Mind the definite article “the”:

the rich = rich people

Here is an example from the fairy tale “Cinderella”:

“The good must be put in the dish,
The bad you may eat if you wish.”

Here is another example with nationalities…

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