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Adjectives Acting – As Noun, As Verbs

Grade 8
Aug 30, 2022


  • The common way we use adjectives as nouns is to talk about groups. 
  • A group is a collection of many things or people that can be described as adjectives. 
  • Adjectives are used to describe a group of things or people will follow the article. 
  • Examples: The rich, the poor, the strong, the weak, the old, the young, the willing, the brave, the blessed, the confident, etc. 
  • Here the young is talking about the young people as a group. 
  • Some adjectives don’t follow “the”. 
  • Let’s see an example of an adjective that becomes a noun without following “the”. 

‘How does your city government help its homeless?’ 

  • Here “homeless” is a noun that talks about the collection of people who live on the street in the city. 
  • We learned that these adjectives used as nouns talk about groups of people or things. 
  • Group is a singular countable noun and singular countable nouns can’t be used by themselves. 
  • When the noun means a group, it follows the same rule as all singular countable nouns. 
  • The new noun will usually follow the article “THE”, but it will sometimes follow a possessive form. 


  • Verbs are action words used to describe a state or occurrence, and form the main part of the predicate of a sentence, such as hear, become, happen, etc. 
  • Adjectives are words that describe or alter another person or thing in a sentence.  
  • One type of adjective procures from and derives its meaning from verbs.  
  • It is generally called a participle adjective as it is formed from a verb’s participle form. 
  • Deverbal adjectives are adjectives derived from verbs. 
  • Facilitative and agentive adjectives are some of the kinds of adjectives derived from verbs.   
  • The suffix –I’ve is attached to the following verbs to procure adjectives.


Attract – Attractive 

Elude – Elusive 

  • Sometimes the present participle (verb+ing) form of a verb becomes an adjective. 
  • Example: 

“A rolling rock gathers no algae.” 

  • In some situations, the past participle form of a verb becomes an adjective. 
  • Such adjectives are sometimes called participle or verbal adjectives. 
Adjectives Acting – As Noun, As Verbs


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