Grammar Series, Part 2 of 5: Adjectives

English Laungage

Grammar Series, Part 2 of 5: Adjectives

An adjective is defined as a word that describes or clarifies a noun. It gives information about size, shape, age, colour or material. Whether singular or plural an adjective stays in the same form. They are used to give opinions or factual information about words in a sentence. The difference between an adverb and an adjective is that the adjective provides information about a noun whereas an adverb clarifies a verb. There are comparative and superlative adjectives to replace irregular and confusing adjectives.

Common endings for an adjective include:

  •  -able/-ible – adorable, invisible, responsible, uncomfortable
  •  -al – educational, gradual, illegal, nocturnal, viral
  •  -an – American, Mexican, urban
  •  -ar – cellular, popular, spectacular, vulgar
  •  -ent – intelligent, potent, silent, violent
  •  -ful – harmful, powerful, tasteful, thoughtful
  •  -ic/-ical – athletic, energetic, magical, scientific
  •  -ine – bovine, canine, equine, feminine, masculine
  •  -ile – agile, docile, fertile, virile
  •  -ive – informative, native, talkative
  •  -less – careless, endless, homeless, timeless
  •  -ous – cautious, dangerous, enormous, malodorous
  •  -some – awesome, handsome, lonesome, wholesome

The different types of adjectives are as follows:

  •  Numeric: One, two, etc.
  • Quantitative: Half, all, some, etc.
  • Qualitative: Color, size, smell, etc.
  • Possessive: His, her, your etc.
  • Interrogative: What, which, whose etc.
  • Demonstrative: This, that, these etc.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s