What are Adjectives?
Adjectives are words which describe or modify nouns or pronouns. When someone praises or comments on any person or thing they use Adjectives.
Shelly is evil. (describes noun 'Shelly')
How can we define Adjectives?
Adjectives are those describing words which give additional information about nouns by recognizing and quantifying them. The description given by adjectives helps to make nouns or pronouns more particular and interesting to readers and listeners.
Where are Adjectives used?
Adjectives can be used before nouns or after verbs.
The Adjective beautiful is used before 'dress' which is a noun.
The Adjective tall is used after verb 'is'.
Example Usage of Adjectives
To understand Adjectives more clearly, read the given sentences and understand the use of Adjectives.
Beautiful, red, cute, its, pretty, small are all adjectives as they describe the noun Emily i.e. noun.
How many types of Adjectives are there? What are they?
There are seven types of Adjectives. They are:
- Demonstrative Adjectives
- Distributive Adjectives
- Qualitative Adjectives
- Quantitative Adjectives
- Interrogative Adjectives
- Possessive Adjectives
- Numeral Adjectives
Demonstrative Adjectives are those Adjectives which refer to people or things near or far from the speaker in terms of distance and time. These Adjectives point out and modify nouns in order to let us know which nouns we are being referred to.
Adjectives which are used to refer people or things individually among many are called Distributive Adjectives. Distributive Adjectives are always followed by a singular noun and a verb.
Qualitative Adjectives are those Adjectives which can describe quality of living beings or non-living things. Qualitative Adjectives answer the question, what kind?
Quantitative Adjectives are those Adjectives which describe the measurement i.e. count or amount of any living beings or non-living things are called Quantitative Adjectives. Quantitative Adjectives answer the questions, how much or how many?
Interrogative Adjectives are words which qualify or modify nouns and indicate questions. Interrogative Adjectives help to seek answers to queries of people.
The words possess in Possessive means to indicate ownership, therefore Possessive Adjectives can be understood as those Adjectives which express ownership or possession.
Numeral Adjectives are those adjectives which are used to denote the number of nouns or the order in which they stand.