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ADJECTIVES

Traditionally, adjectives are defined as words that describe nouns


or pronouns. When they describe nouns or pronouns, adjectives
typically answer the following questions:
What kind?

Which one?

How many?

For example, in the phrase

Tall is an adjective describing the noun man.


Tall answers the question "which man?" or "what kind of man?"
Similarly, in the phrase,

Easy is an adjective describing the noun assignment.


Easy answers the question, "what kind of assignment?"
Adjectives are usually placed before the nouns they describe, as
in the examples, tall man and easy assignment, above.
Thus, one may identify an adjective by using the following wordorder test:

Adjectives may also follow the noun they describe


* Example:

Finally, adjectives may follow a verb of being or a linking verb,


thus completing the noun subject

Examples

Like nouns, adjectives are often recognizable by their suffixes.


Endings such as -ous -ful -ish -able
adjectives.
Examples:

usually designate

Comparative and superlative forms


Single-syllable adjectives use -er and -est endings to designate
comparative
and superlative forms:
Examples:

Adjectives of two or more syllables use more and most for comparative
and superlative forms.

example

Not Two-syllable adjectives ending in -y may also use the -er /


e:
-est endings to designate comparative and superlative.

Examples:

Note: the following adjectives do not follow the regular rules for
forming comparative and superlative forms: good, bad, little,
ill.
To create negative comparative and superlative forms, use
less for er
Examples:

and

least for est