Adjectives are describing words.
Definition of AdjectiveAdjectives are describing words. Large, grey, and friendly are all examples of adjectives. In the examples below, these adjectives are used to describe an elephant.
Adjectives Modify NounsThe word elephant is a noun. Adjectives are added to nouns to state what kind, what colour, which one or how many. Adjectives are said to modify nouns and are necessary to make the meanings of sentences clearer or more exact.
Adjectives Modify PronounsAlthough less common, adjectives can also modify pronouns.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ADJECTIVESAdjectives are describing words. However, there are many other words that are classified as adjectives, some of which do not fall easily under this description.
Possessive adjectives are used to show possession. They are my, your, his, her, its, our and their. (They are a type of possessive pronoun.)
Read more about possessive adjectives.
The words a, an, and the are known as articles. They are classified as adjectives. A and an are called the indefinite articles because they are used to indicate non-specific people or things. The is called the definite article because it does indicate a specific person or thing.
Demonstrative adjectives are used to demonstrate or indicate specific things. This, >that, these and those are all demonstrative adjectives.
Unlike demonstrative adjectives, which indicate specific items, indefinite adjectives do not point out specific things. They are formed from indefinite pronouns. The most common indefinite adjectives are no, any, many, few and several.
Numbers are classified as adjectives too.
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ENUMERATION OF ADJECTIVES
It is possible to use more than one adjective to modify a noun.
Read more about using commas with multiple adjectives.
PRINCIPAL AND PRINCIPLE
Writers occasionally confuse the words principal and principle. In its most common role, the word principal is an adjective with a meaning similar to main or key.
ITS NOT IT'S
The word its (i.e., without an apostrophe) is a possessive adjective, just like his, her, and my.
Read more about the difference between Its and It's.
AN OR A?
Sometimes, particularly with abbreviations, there is confusion about when to use a and when to use an. The rule is: Use a when the next sound is a consonant sound and an when it is a vowel sound.
Read more about using An or A.
PLURAL THESE AND THOSE
The words these and those should only be used with plurals.
Knowing that numbers are adjectives is important for expressions such as four-and-a-half dozen.