Friday, May 1, 2009

Kinds of Adjectives

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There are different kinds of adjectives.

Adjectives of quality
Adjectives of quality describe the kind, quality or characteristic of a person, animal, place or thing.

He is a clever boy.
She is a brilliant student.
He is an honest man.

Adjectives formed from proper nouns are also called adjectives of quality. Examples are: Persian carpets, Indian flag, British parliament etc.

Adjectives of quantity
Adjectives of quantity describe how much of a thing is meant. Examples are: some, any, little, enough, all, much etc.

We need some rice.
He drank all the milk.
Is there any milk in the bottle?

Adjectives of Number
Adjectives of number indicate how many persons or things are meant. Examples are: few, many, several, two, five, second, fifth etc.

Two girls came.
She is the first woman to climb Mt. Everest.
He has written many books.

Distributive adjectives
Each, every, either and neither are called distributive adjectives.

She had a child hanging onto each hand.
I have invited every friend I have.

Demonstrative adjectives
This, that, these and those are called demonstrative adjectives.

Bring me that chair.
Who is this girl?
Those mangoes are all ripe.

Interrogative adjectives
Interrogative adjectives are used with nouns to ask questions. Examples are: which, what, whose etc.

Which shirt shall I buy?
Whose son is he?

Possessive adjectives

Possessive adjectives indicate possession. Examples are: my, his, her, our, their, your, its.

He is my father.
She is our teacher.
Is this your bag?

Exercise
A list of words is given below. Find out which among them are adjectives.

Clever, hot, cried, pleasant, brightly, efficiently, attractive, often, honesty, brilliance, efficiency, stopped, acted, smooth, quality, brave

Answers
Clever, hot, pleasant, attractive, smooth, brave

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