Have you ever thought about where we’d be without adjectives?
Well, for one we’d be left wondering how everyone is doing today. We wouldn’t be able to answer, “I’m fine.” We wouldn’t be able to specify, “I’d like the chocolate ice cream.” (That’s a seriously scary thought.) And we wouldn’t be able to clarify, “That’s my book!” (Get your paws off of it!)
Adjectives are the all-important words that describe nouns or pronouns. They answer questions like what kind, how many, and which one?Just like there are countless adjectives, there are many ways to describe adjectives themselves. Five of the most common types of adjectives are described here.
What is a descriptive adjective?
Descriptive adjectives describe the characteristics of a noun. They can tell you about a noun’s size, color, shape, taste, and more. Some examples are small, red, round, friendly, and salty.
For example: “The large, yellow house is on the corner.” Here, large and yellow are descriptive adjectives that describe the house.
What is a quantitative adjective?
Quantitative adjectives describe the exact or approximate amount of a noun. Some examples include all, no, few, many, and little.Numeral adjectives are quantitative adjectives that give exact number amounts (e.g. two, seven, thirty, first, and ninth).
For example: “There are five boys in her class.” In this case, five is a numeral adjective that describes the number of boys.
What is a demonstrative adjective?
Demonstrative adjectives answer the question which one? They point out particular nouns. Some demonstrative adjectives are this, that, these, and those.
For example: “He bought that sweater.” Here, that is a demonstrative adjective that describes which sweater we’re referring to.
What is a possessive adjective?
Possessive adjectives are a type of pronoun. They explain ownership. Possessive adjectives include his, her, our, and my. There is a corresponding possessive adjective for each of the personal pronouns.
For example: “I lost my book.” In this sentence, my is a demonstrative adjective that explains whose book was lost.
What is an interrogative adjective?
Interrogative adjectives appear in interrogative sentences. English has three interrogative adjectives: what, which, and whose. In direct questions, the adjective will appear at the beginning of the sentence next to the noun it modifies.
For example: “Which cookie do you want?” In this case, which is an interrogative adjective that modifies the noun cookie.
Are there other types of adjectives?
These five types of common adjectives aren’t the only types of adjectives in the English language. Grammar guides define the types of adjectives in many different, interesting ways, but this short guide is intended to be an introduction to the subject. As always, there’s so much more to learn!