How to Use Adjectives

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An adjective describes how something 'is'. For this reason, we often use the verb 'to be' when using adjectives. Adjectives are used to describe nouns. Example: He is a good doctor. They Rule: Adjectives describe nouns. Here are two types of sentences we use with adjectives.

Subject + To be + Adjective

Tom is shy.
Alice is happy.

Subject + Verb + Adjective + Noun

That is a big building!
Peter has a fast car.

The adjective is always invariable.

Example: beautiful trees, they are happy

Be careful!

  • Adjectives don't have a singular and plural form OR a masculine, feminine and neutral form.
  • Adjectives are always the same! Never add a final -s to an adjective.
  • Adjectives can also be placed at the end of a sentence if they describe the subject of a sentence.

​​Example: My doctor is excellent.

NOT!!: difficults books

Rule: Adjectives are placed before the noun.

Example: a wonderful book very interesting people

Be careful!

  • Don't place an adjective after the noun

NOT!!: an apple red

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