What is an Adjective? 8 Types of Adjective With Examples |Grammar

Adjective | What is an Adjective?

An Adjective is a type of part of speech that tells us something about a noun or a pronoun. It’s a part-of-speech known as a describing word.

Example –

1. Sebastian is brave.
2. She is brave.

In the above two sentences, there is the same adjective ‘brave’. But in the first sentence, ‘brave’ is describing a noun, ‘Sebastian’ and in the second one, brave is describing a pronoun ‘she’. 

Types of Adjectives

There are eight various types of Adjectives. They are the followings –

1. Demonstrative Adjective: This type of Adjectives specifies the objects or persons we are talking about.

Examples – (i) These chocolates are very tasty.  

                  (ii) I don’t tolerate such a man.

2. Descriptive Adjective: Indicate the quality or kind of a thing or a person.

Examples – (i) I have a big teddy bear.

                  (ii) You are a good boy.

3. Distributive Adjective: This type of Adjective refers to each object or person.

Examples – (i) Every child should respect their parents. 

                   (ii) Neither side wanted to solve the matter. 

4. Interrogative Adjective: These types of adjectives are used to ask any question.

Examples – (i) Which student has done the work?

                  (ii) What is your name?

5. Numeral Adjective: Tells the number or amount of persons or things. It is also used to indicate the order of a person or a thing.

Example – (i) There are two books in the bag.

                 (ii) I am the first girl in the school.

6. Possessive Adjective: Indicates someone’s right to something. 

Example – (i) This is my pen.

                 (ii) Everyone loves their country.

7. Proper Adjective: This type of Adjectives points out the country, place and origin of a noun.

Examples – (i) I just love Indian food.        

                   (ii) The Chinese products are very penny.

8. Quantitative Adjective: It shows the quantity of a thing. 

Examples – (i) I need some books.

                   (ii) Please give me a little water.

Positions of Adjectives

There are two types of Adjectives according to their positions –

(i) Attributive Adjective
(ii) Predicative
Adjective

(i) Attributive Adjective: When an adjective is USED BEFORE A NOUN, it is called Attributive Adjective.

Example – It’s a large house.

In this sentence, ‘house’ is a noun and the adjective large is placed before it. So, here large is an Attributive Adjective.

(ii) Predicative Adjective: When an adjective is USED AFTER A VERB, it is called Predictive Adjective. 

Examples – The house is large

In this sentence, large is a Predicative Adjective as it is used after the verb ‘is’.

You can see similar more examples – 

Attributive Adjectives Predicative Adjectives
1. A beautiful girl. 1`. The girl is beautiful.
2. The bright star.2. The star is bright.
3. This is a comfortable dress.3. The dress is comfortable.
4. The poor man.4. The man is poor
5. This is a white cat 5. The cat is white

Degrees or Comparisons of Adjectives

There are 3 types of adjectives based on qualitative differences –

 (a) Positive Adjective: This degree is used to denote the equality of faults or qualities between any two persons or objects. 

The formation of this type of degree is – Sub. + v. + as + adj. + as + n. or pro.n.

Example – She is as intelligent as her brother.

                 I am as lazy as Malay.

 (b) Comparative Adjective: This degree is used to mean one is better or less by comparing the qualities between two objects or persons.

The formation of this type of degree is – Sub. + v. + adj. – r/er + than  n. or pro.n.

                                                        Or, Sub. + v. + more/less + adj. + than + n. or pro.n.

Example – The tiger is stronger than the deer.

                  Arpita is more active than Animesh.

  © Superlative Adjective: It is used to mean the greatest by comparing two or more things or persons. 

The formation of this type of degree is – Sub. + v. + the + adj. -st/est + of or in + n. or pro.n.

                                                   Or, Sub + v. + the + most or least + adj. +of or in + n. or pro.n.

Example – Mrinmay is the most active boy in the class.

                The lion is the strongest of all animal.

Some Rules to Change The Degree of Adjectives

Here are some rules about how to change the form of adjectives to Comparative and Superlative –

1. If there is ‘y’ at the end of the adjective and there is a consonant before it then ‘i’ is placed in the place of ‘y’, then ‘er’ (in Comparative Degree) and ‘est’ (in Superlative Degree) have to be added.

Examples: –

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
HeavyHeavierHeaviest
BusyBusierBusiest
LazyLazierLaziest
EasyEasierEasiest
DryDrierDriest

2. When the adjectives are of one syllable, ‘er’ (in Comparative Degree) and ‘est’ (in Superlative Degree) are used after them.

Examples: –

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
OldOlderOldest
BigBiggerBiggest
SmallSmallerSmallest
TallTallerTallest
YoungYoungerYoungest

3. If there is ‘e’ at the end of any adjective then ‘r’ and ‘st’ are added.

Examples: –

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
SafeSaferSafest
BraveBraverBravest
WhiteWhiterWhitest
PurePurerPurest
WiseWiserWisest

4. When there is a consonant at the end of an adjective and a vowel just before it, the consonant is doubled and ‘er’ (in Comparative) and ‘est’ (in Superlative) are added.

Examples: –

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
RedRedderReddest
BigBiggerBiggest
FatFatterFattest
WetWetterWettest
SadSadderSaddest

5. In the case of all adjectives with multiple syllables, the Comparatives and Superlatives are formed by adding more/less and most/least respectively.

Examples: –

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
CarefulMore carefulLess carefulMost carefulLeast careful
BeautifulMore beautifulLess beautifulMost beautifulLeast beautiful
ImportantMore importantLess importantMost importantLeast important
DutifulMore dutifulLess dutifulMost dutifulLeast dutiful
DifficultMore difficultMost difficult
  1. There are many adjectives that do not have a Comparative and Superlative form in a Positive form. So, they are called Irregular Comparison.

Examples: –

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
GoodBetterBest
BadWorseWorst
ForeFormerForemost/ First
MuchMoreMost
FarFartherFarthest

Do you know there are some Nouns that are used as adjectives?
Here are some examples of such kind of adjectives – Gold jewellery, English teacher, City life, Summer vacation, College-girl, Country people

Participle Adjectives

There are two types of Participle Adjectives – 1. Present Participle Adjectives

                                                                        2. Past Participle Adjectives.

1. Present Participle Adjectives: When verb-ing words act or are used as adjectives, they are called Present Participle Adjectives. 

Examples – This is a running train.

 But remember all verb-ing words cannot be used as Present Participle Adjectives.

These types of adjectives are used in the following two ways :

PREMODIFIERSPOSTMODIFIERS
This type of adjective is used before a NOUN.
E.g. – Dipika is a rising singer.      
   He saved a drowning child.
This type of adjective is used after a NOUN.
E.g. – I saw some children playing in the field.         
 I saw the thief running.

2. Past Participle Adjectives: When verb-ed/-en/-t words are used as adjectives, they are called Past Participle Adjectives.

Examples – There was a broken vas on the table.

These types of adjectives are also used in the following two ways:

PREMODIFIERSPOSTMODIFIERS
These adjectives are placed before NOUNS.
E.g. – The boys dug the soil for hidden treasure.       
  The beggar lives in a deserted house.
These adjectives are placed after NOUNS.
E.g – I saw him worried.        
 I found my purse stolen by someone.

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