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Types of Adjectives in Brief

Grade 7
Aug 29, 2022

Types of Adjectives 

Comparative adjectives: 

They are used to compare two different people or things to each other. Examples: smaller, faster, more expensive, and less reasonable. 

Superlative adjectives: 

They are used to compare more than two people or things by indicating which one is the most superior or extreme. Examples: smartest, loudest, most impressive, and least valuable 

Predicate adjectives: 

These are the adjectives that appear in the predicate of a sentence as a subject complement rather than directly next to the nouns or pronouns that they modify or describe. Predicate adjectives follow linking verbs in sentences and clauses. 

Compound adjectives: 

These are the adjectives that are formed from multiple words, which are usually connected by hyphens. Some examples: never-ending, cross-eyed, and run-of-the-mill. 

Possessive adjectives: 

They are used to express possession or ownership. Commonly used possessive adjectives are my, your, its, her, his, our, their, and whose. 


Demonstrative adjectives: 

They are used to express relative positions in space and time. Commonly used demonstrative adjectives are this, that, these, and those 

Proper adjectives: 

These are adjectives that are formed from proper nouns. In general, proper adjectives are commonly used to say that something is related to a specific person or place. Proper adjectives include words such as African, Elizabethan, Victorian, etc. 

Participial adjectives: 

These are adjectives that are based on participles, which are words that usually end in -ed or -ing and derive from verbs; these include words like amazing, impressed, and fascinating. 

Limiting adjectives: 

These are adjectives that restrict a noun or pronoun rather than describing any of its characteristics or qualities. These adjectives overlap with other types of adjectives, such as demonstrative adjectives and possessive adjectives. They include words such as these, your, and some. 

Descriptive adjectives: 

These are adjectives that describe the characteristics, traits, or qualities of a noun or pronoun. Most adjectives are descriptive adjectives. Words such as purple, red, pretty, ugly, etc., are descriptive adjectives. 


Interrogative adjectives: 

These are adjectives that are used to ask questions. The interrogative adjectives include words like what, which, and whose. 

Attributive adjectives: 

These are adjectives that are directly next to the noun and pronoun that they modify. Usually, attributive adjectives come directly before nouns and pronouns they modify. But they can sometimes appear after them. Example: The hungry monkey ate a fresh banana. 

Distributive adjectives: 

They are used to refer to or describe members of a group individually. Examples of distributive adjectives include each, every, either, and neither. 


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