Adjective is one of the parts of speech in English. Adjectives are the describing words that modify a noun or noun phrase, or describes its referent. They describe the quality and the quantity of the nouns, by painting a complete picture in the minds of the readers. Adjective also acts as a complement to linking verbs, and the verb to be, apart from modifying nouns.
There are three forms of Adjectives – absolute, comparative and superlative. Absolute adjectives are the ones that are generally incomparable or not capable of being intensified. Comparative adjectives compare the differences between two objects or nouns they modify. And superlative adjectives are used to describe the extreme or the highest degree of quality of one thing over others [when mentioning about three or more]. If adjectives describe the same noun consecutively in a string, then they are called coordinate adjectives. These coordinate adjectives appear in a set order according to category, and separated by ‘comma’. At times, a noun may function as an adjective due to its placement, and vice versa.
Adjectives usually appear before the noun, or noun phrase that they describe. But, the adjective comes after the pronouns like ‘something’, ‘someone’ or ‘anybody’ that they modify. Linguistically, the English Articles ‘a’, ‘an’, ‘the’ are adjectives. An Adjective Clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb acting like an adjective. And, an Adjective Clause becomes an Adjective Phrase if it is removed of its subject and its verb. But, certain adjectives coming immediately after the thing they describe, always act “post-positive”. To comprehend the very detail of every adjective used in English vocabulary, register at shakeSpiker.com, the world’s most powerful Vocabulary Decoder ever.