They are called ‘describing words’ because they provide information about the qualities of nouns. They are also called ‘determiners’
They look in many different ways. We can turn nouns and verbs into adjectives adding to them special endings. Letâ€™s practiceâ€Ś
Add endings to these words so that they become adjectives. Thought – care – child – fashion – norm – editor – wood – gold – hope – forget – atom – hero – history – economic – fool – defect – attract – harm – sugar – fame – error – space – taste – wealth - wind
Adjective position in a sentence a) Before a noun. (attributive) Ex: I live in a beautiful house. b) As part of the predicate following a linking verb.(predicative) Ex: My house is beautiful.
There are single adjectives like: nice â€“ intelligent â€“ huge â€“ important There are multiword adjectives like: good-looking / self-confident / twoyear-old / well-bred / well-intentioned
Gradability in adjectives We can grade adjectives using words like… a bit cold – somewhat cold – quite cold – very cold – extremelly cold – awfully cold
Comparison of adjectives Comparative adjectives Ex: more intelligent – less intelligent nicer – less nice Superlative adjectives EX: most intelligent – least intelligent nicest – least nice Equative adjectives EX: as intelligent as as nice as
Exercises:Recognize the adjectives and say if they are attributive or predicative. 1.- Fragant homemade bread is becoming common in many American homes. 2.- The early Egyptians added yeast and made conical, triangular, or spiral loaves as well as large, flat, open-centered disks. 3.- People used to eat blak bread because they were poor. 4.- Bread lovers now buy black bread by choice.