We did nouns last week, so naturally we’d be doing something that complements it this week. I know that grammar can be a bit boring sometimes, so I’d like to try and keep this short and to the point before it reaches that state.

*Side-note: It was pointed out to me that having the “word of the week” in a post might not be very good. So from next week on, the word of the week will be in the sidebar along with the quote of the week.*

Adjectives are, basically, words that describe nouns. There are a few different kinds of adjectives, which we’ll be covering today.

 

Proper Adjectives

Proper adjectives are formed out of proper nouns. They will always be capitalised.

American

British

French

Christian

Etc.

 

Regular Comparatives And Superlatives

Not everything is black and white. In grammar, as in life, there are degrees. Adjectives are perfect examples of this as they can be described in degrees (i.e. a noun having less or more of an adjective’s quality).

  • Regular Comparatives end in –er or start with more
  • Regular Superlatives end in –est or start with most

 

Positive => Comparative => Superlative

 

Ambitious => More Ambitious => Most Ambitious

Cold => Colder => Coldest

Funny => Funnier => Funniest

 

You get the picture, I’m sure…

 

Irregular Comparatives And Superlatives

These adjectives are also given in degrees, but they do not follow the same pattern as before. Lots of people make the mistake of using them like the regular comparatives and superlatives, and they can be tricky to master for non-native English speakers. I recommend you give them some proper consideration before moving on.

 

Positive => Comparative => Superlative

 

Bad => Worse => Worst

Little => Less => Least

Good => Better => Best

Many => More => Most

 

 

Non – Comparatives / Superlatives

Some adjectives have no degrees of intensity. They just are and cannot be made more or less. Some examples:

  • Dead
  • Half
  • Main
  • Final
  • Fatal

 

 

Short and sweet! There isn’t much to remember when it comes to adjectives, so there really isn’t an excuse to get them wrong. Next week we’ll talk about the deceptively complicated (though you might not think so at first) pronouns!

Did I miss something or did I make a mistake? Let me know in the comments!

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