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Adjectives

An adjective is used to describe someone or something. It gives more information in a sentence.


The frail, old woman found it difficult to walk unaided. She was cautious and careful. Adjectives describe someone (woman). Adjectives describe someone (she).

There are several kinds of adjectives:


Type of adjective Example intelligent, beautiful, tall, spindly, obese, shy, green, athletic, clever, shiny The shiny coin flashed in the sunlight. The beautiful, white cat strutted across the garden. Australian native animals are unique. The June rain is ideal for plants. first, third, last He was the last boy in the queue. She was in third place in her age race. my, his, her, their, your, its, our This is our garden. Is this your magazine? two, thirty, many, several, lots of, each, every, most, several, few There were several girls in the play. There were five levels in the building. compound adjectives
These are adjectives joined by hyphens.

describing adjectives
These are the most common and describe a person, place or thing.

proper adjectives
These are proper nouns used as adjectives.

adjectives of order
These tell position.

possessive adjectives
These tell who something belongs to.

numbering adjectives
These tell how many.

half-ripe, feather-light, fast-moving, well-developed The feather-light sponge won first prize.

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