What is an adjective?
Adjectives primarily describe nouns.
An adjective gives additional information about the noun, for example:
- shape (such as round or square),
- size (such as big or small),
- colour (such as green or blue)
- kind (such as angry or happy)
e.g., He is a happy kid.
An adjective typically comes before the noun.
IMPORTANT: adjectives in English are never plural
Correct: I have two blue towels.
I have two blues towels.
Adjectives can also describe pronouns. A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun.
- e.g., Sue is my sister. She is older than me. (She is a pronoun.)
When an adjective gives information about a pronoun, it usually appears after the pronoun.
- e.g., Someone scary is watching me. (Someone = pronoun; scary = adjective)
What are the questions that adjectives answer?
- How many? (e.g., four keys, several people, few ideas)
- How much? (e.g., little money, deep/shallow water)
- What kind / which one? (e.g., sweet grandmother, red book, big box, leather bag)