[Adjectives] – Lesson 1: What are adjectives?

Adjectives
We use an adjective to describe the qualities of people, things, places, etc. Can you see the young woman at the end of the street?
He’s a great singer.
We use an adjective (not an adverb) after ‘linking’ verbs such as be, become, feel, seem, smell, sound, look, etc. It looks interesting.
It tastes delicious.
His ideas are interesting.
We can use an adjective to describe the object of a sentence. His answer made his boss angry.

 

Adjectives – common mistakes
Common mistakes Correct version Why?
She was too frighten to say a word. She was too frightened to say a word. Many adjectives are participle forms of verbs.
The -ed form describes how someone feels (bored).
The -ing form describes the person or thing that causes the feeling (boring).
I am very interesting in this problem. I am very interested in this problem.
It was a bored film. It was a boring film.
The camera works perfect. The camera works perfectly. We use adverbs to say how we do something.
She married a German, young, tall lawyer. She married a tall, young, German lawyer. Adjectives normally go in the following sequence: size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose.

 

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