ADJECTIVES

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ADJECTIVES


ADJECTIVES















Traditionally, adjectives are
defined as words that describe nouns or pronouns.  When they describe nouns or pronouns,
adjectives typically answer the following questions:


 
What kind?            
Which one?            
How many?

 

For example, in
the phrase

Tall is an adjective describing the noun man.

Tall answers the question “which man?” or
“what kind of man?”

 

Similarly, in the
phrase,

Easy is an adjective describing the noun assignment. 

Easy answers the question, “what kind of
assignment?”

  


Adjectives are usually placed before
the nouns they describe, as in the examples,
tall man
and easy assignment,
above.


 


Thus, one may identify an adjective
by using the following word-order test:










    
             

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Adjectives may also follow the
noun they describe.

 

Example:

                       
 
 










Finally, adjectives may follow a verb of being or a linking
verb, thus completing the noun subject


           
Examples

                       

 

Like nouns, adjectives are often
recognizable by their suffixes.

Endings
such as  –ous   -ful 
-ish  -able
    usually designate adjectives.

 

Examples: 

                          
  


                   
  







Adjectives of two or more
syllables use more
and most
for comparative and superlative forms.

 

 

Examples:

               
       
  





Note:

 

Two-syllable adjectives ending in -y may also use the -er / -est
endings to designate comparative and superlative.

 

 

Examples:

                   
 


Note:  the following adjectives do
not follow the regular rules for forming comparative and superlative forms: good, bad, little, ill. 


          





To create negative
comparative and superlative forms, use

 

less
 for –er

and 

least
for est

            
Examples:


                  


 

 



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