FORM AND FUNCTION OF ADJECTIVES

Function of Adjectives

Adjectives can:

Describe feelings or qualities:

Examples

  • He is a lonely man
  • They are honest people

Give nationality or origin:

Examples

  • Pierre is French
  • This clock is German
  • Our house is Victorian

Tell more about a thing’s characteristics:

Examples

  • A wooden table.
  • The knife is sharp.

Tell us about age:

Examples

  • He’s young man
  • My coat is very old

Tell us about size and measurement:

Examples

  • John tall man.
  • This is a very long film.

Tell us about colour:

Examples

  • Paul wore a red shirt.
  • The sunset was crimson and gold.

Tell us about material/what something is made of:

Examples

  • It was a wooden table
  • She wore a cotton dress

Tell us about shape:

Examples

  • A rectangular box
  • A square envelope

Express a judgement or a value:

Examples

  • A fantastic film
  • Grammar is boring.

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