Use the examples of adjectives below to help you understand adjectives a bit better. For more information on adjectives, see the adjectives page. Here we go!
Adjectives are words that describe nouns and pronouns.
They tell us which one, what kind, how many, and whose. (We call those the adjective questions.)
Proper adjectives are formed from proper nouns.
These are formed from proper nouns
They always begin with capital letters.
There are only three of these special types of adjectives!
a, an, the
Regular Comparatives & Superlatives
Most adjectives can be described in degrees. This means that something can have more or less of the adjective's quality.
- Regular comparatives end in -er or start with more.
- Regular superlatives end in -est or start with most.
Irregular Comparatives & Superlatives
These can still be given in degrees, but they don't follow the patterns listed above.
Adjectives That Can't Be Comparative or Superlative
Some adjectives don't have degrees. There is only one level of these adjectives.
is an example. Something cannot be more half
than something else. It either is
half, or it isn't
Seeing examples of adjectives is a great way to learn what an adjective is. Sentence diagramming can teach you what an adjective does.
Sentence diagramming is a visual way to show how the words in a sentence are related to each other. When you see them diagrammed, it's easy to see that adjectives modify nouns and pronouns. They go on a slanted line below the noun or pronoun that they modify.
You'll see an example sentence diagram below. If you've never done any sentence diagramming before, this is probably going to look scary.
Try not to get overwhelmed. If you learn diagramming with any of my books or programs, you learn this in an easy, step-by-step way!
Adjectives can also act as predicate adjectives.
This kind of adjective only comes after a linking verb, and it describes the subject of the sentence.