The Adjective

(What It Is & How To Use It)

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An Adjective is a Word which modifies a Noun or a Pronoun, and often-times other Adjectives and Adverbs as-well.  It describes the nature and quality of those particular “things”.

The Adjective indicates to the reader or listener:  “how much“, “how many“, “what type“, “what size“, “what shape“, “what color“, and/or what it *”looks“, *”smells“, *”sounds“, *”feels“, and “tastes like“…  among other things like what it is “made of“.

(Though these words, by themselves would qualify as Action (or “Dynamic”) Verbs — when used in this way, they are not describing any action but a “State Of Being”, such as with the verb “To Be” [is, am, are, etc..])

The big brown bear was really really fuzzy and smelled horribly bad, but was a very nice fellow, in-deed.”

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All of the underlined Words above, are examples of Adjectives – and the Words in bold (in the example sentence) are the Words which they are modifying.


  • *”The“, “Big“, and “Brown” are all Adjectives which modify the Noun, “Bear
  • Really“, “Really“, and “Fuzzy” are also Adjectives which modifying the Noun, “Bear
  • Bad” is an Adjective which modifies the Adverb, “Horribly” (Notice that the Adjective comes AFTER the Adverb – where-as is comes BEFORE the Noun.)
  • *”A“, “Very“, and “Nice” are Adjectives which modifying the Noun, “Fellow


(notice also that the Definite Article, “The” — and the Indefinite Article, “a” also function as Adjectives.  See “Defining & Descriptive Adjectives Below.)

*(Despite the fact that the word, “really” is considered to be an Adverb [and often IS], in this sentence, it is describing a condition, not an action — and as-such, it is functioning as an Adjective.  Grammarians would probably sh!t themselves with disgust and amazement at my audacity to change a “Rules Of Grammar”, but the so-called “rule” is “broken”.  And this is something of-which I have deliberated over for many years now…  they only follow what they were taught in books and by their professors, not their own brains [usually].  Therefore…  Adjective…  Deal With It!)   😎 

So, you can see now, that it is possible for there to be, many different Adjectives (and different types of Adjectives) with-in a single Sentence.  AND, that they can be placed both before and after the Words which they modify.

Types of Adjectives

There are many different types for Adjectives, but the two main categories with-in-which they are classified (according to certain grammatical terminology) are:  “Limiting” & “Descriptive“.

Frankly speaking”, I think that these are silly Terms, as BOTH are “descriptive”, and the Word, “Limiting” — according to the types of Adjectives it refers to — is a terribly inadequate Term.  This is because many of the Adjectives which “fall under” this category, actually have nothing to do with what the word, “limitation” is commonly comprehended as…  (and something of-which I do not tolerate…  “Limitation”, that is) 😉

A much more proper Term would be “Defining”.  This is because they describe: “How Much/Many”, “Which One” — Where-as the “Descriptive” Adjectives indicate the actual “Qualities” of the Words which they modify.

Defining Adjectives(formerly known as “Limiting) indicate the Quantity of the Adjective

Descriptive Adjectives indicate the Quality of the Adjective

Defining (Quantitative) & Descriptive (Qualitative) Adjectives


  • Defining (Quantitative) Adjectives indicate:  which one, or how many (of something)…  They express the thing’s “Quantity”
  • Descriptive (Qualitative) Adjectives indicate the characteristics to what-ever they are naming or modifying…  They express it’s “Qualities”




  • a – “A big deal.”
  • an – “An awesome lesson.”
  • the – “The coolest website.
  • some – “Some helpful information.
  • several – “Several hours of study.
  • any – “Any person can learn this.
  • all – “All the information is free!
  • these – “These are helpful examples.
  • those – “Those other websites are boring.
  • that – “That other guy is lame.
  • numerous – “Numerous examples.
  • one – “One really big donation
  • two – “Two more really big donations
  • three – “Three incredibly large deposits.


  • friendly – “A friendly teacher
  • sincere – “A sincere student
  • honest – “The honest truth
  • trustworthy – “Trustworthy information
  • red – “Red rubies
  • blue – “Blue sapphires
  • good – “Good grammar
  • bad – “Bad behavior
  • American – “American English
  • European – “European English
  • big – “A big deal
  • little – “A little more time
  • huge – “A huge amount of money
  • tiny – “A tiny amount of faith


For An Example Of My Favorite Adjective…  (And “A Blast From The Past” For Those Of Us Who Grew Up On “Sesame Street”…)  Watch the video below…


(And Just So You Know…  Sesame Street Is For “Grown-Up Kids” Too)


There are literally thousands of Adjectives in The Common Tongue  of The English Language.  These are the Words of-which we can say that they, “color” the Language and give it “character” and “Life”…  They are the Words which make everything interesting.

The examples above are just a few samples of the various types of Adjectives.  Using a thesaurus is a great way to learn more Adjectives and also to learn exactly “which one” to use in any situation (as not all synonyms are the same).  Many English text-books give lists of Adjectives which they state as meaning the same thing…  but they are wrong…  get a thesaurus, or find one on-line.  Learn to say EXACTLY what you mean…  not something “similar”.

Because the difference between an average speaker/writer and an Excellent one, it that the Excellent speaker/writer knows EXACTLY which Words that he or she uses, and does not use Words if he or she does not know their exact meaning, or can not define that specific Word.  So… be Excellent!

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