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Adjectives

Sep 5, 2022
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Adjectives: Degree of Comparison and Examples 

Adjectives describe or modify nouns and pronouns.  

They may name qualities of all kinds.  

The objective of an adjective is to describe a noun or pronoun and provide more information about it. 

  • Example: Excellent writing is required for this job. 

The degrees of comparison are known as the positive, the comparative, and the superlative. [only the comparative and superlative show degrees] 

Comparative adjectives are utilized to compare two different people or things to each other. 

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Superlative adjectives are utilized to compare more than two people or things by indicating which one is the most supreme or extreme. 

  • He is good swimmer. (basic adjective) 
  • She is a better swimmer than him. (comparative adjective) 
  • Caeleb Dressel is the best swimmer. (superlative adjective) 

A compound adjective is created by two or more words that work jointly to modify the same noun. 

  • She had bright, blue-green eyes.  
  • His orange-yellow skin looked very unhealthy. 

A possessive adjective precedes a noun (or a pronoun) to show who or what owns it. 

He do not choose that his grave should be dug while He is still alive. 

A demonstrative adjective revises a noun or pronoun in a sentence while emphasizing its importance.  

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  • This toy is my brother’s favorite. (The speaker is close to “this toy.”) 

Proper adjective modifies nouns and pronouns and is formed from a proper noun.  

  • Asia-Asian: How many Asian countries have you visited? 

A participial adjective: 

It is an adjective identical in form to a participle. 

A participial adjective is similar in form to a participle. 

  • I put on my running shoes. 
  • She was really tired

A limiting adjective defines the noun rather than describes it.  

  • a tree 
  • a pen 
  • an apple 

A descriptive adjective describes a noun and pronouns.  

  • The hungry cats are crying.  
  • I saw a flying Eagle.  

Interrogative adjectives (also known as interrogative determiners) modify nouns and pronouns. 

  • What book are you reading? 
  • Which shirt are you going to buy? 

Attributive adjectives describe a characteristic (or attribute) of the noun or pronoun that they modify. 

  • The black dog is barking 

Predicate adjectives appear in the predicate of a sentence as a subject complement directly next to the nouns or pronouns that they modify. 

  • Andrea is tall
  • Freddy became angry. 

Distributive adjective refers to members of a group individually. 

  • Each book in the series had a foreword by a noted scholar. 
  • Each player was asked to complete a report. 

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