English Learning Notes


Adjectives are an important part of speech. They usually describe a person or thing. They tell us what somebody or something is like.

Noun as Adjective
As you know, a noun is a person, place or thing, and an adjective is a word that describes a noun

Adjective Gradability
Adjectives describe qualities (characteristics) of nouns. Some qualities can vary in intensity or "grade", for example:rather hot, hot, very hot; hot, hotter, the hottest.The adjective hot is gradable.

Adjective Order
There are 2 basic positions for adjectives:1.Adjective Before Noun 2.Adjective After Verb

Proper Adjectives
Each of the four examples above contains an adjective (Trumpian, Shakespearean, Thai, French) and you will immediately note that each adjective is capitalized—it starts with a capital letter.

Superlative Adjectives
A superlative adjective expresses the extreme or highest degree of a quality. We use a superlative adjective to describe the extreme quality of one thing in a group of things.

Comparative Adjectives
When we talk about two things, we can "compare" them. We can see if they are the same or different. Perhaps they are the same in some ways and different in other ways. We can use comparative adjectives to describe the differences.

What is an Adjective?
adjective (noun): a part-of-speech that modifies or describes a noun or a pronoun