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Types of Adjectives

Types of Adjectives
Written by Rakesh Kumar

Types of Adjectives

Types of Adjectives: – In this section we will read about Types of Adjectives in English and what are the examples of Types of Adjectives in English, we will read in detail about all these.


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Learn types of adjectives English students should know with example sentences. Adjectives modify nouns and pronouns. In general, two main types of adjectives are:


The types of adjectives:-

No.-1.Descriptive Adjectives

No.-2.Attributive Adjectives


No.-1.Descriptive Adjectives

Descriptive adjective is probably what you think of when you hear the word “adjective.” Descriptive adjectives describe nouns and pronouns.

In fact, descriptive adjectives can be attributive adjectives or predicate adjectives.


No.-2.Attributive Adjectives:-

Adjectives which appear directly beside the noun, most commonly before, are called attributive.



The flowers have a nice smell. Nice is an attributive adjective, as it is placed.


Predicate Adjectives:-

Adjectives which appear after a linking verb are predicative adjectives, because they form part of the predicate.



The pickles are salty. (Noun: pickle, linking verb: are, adjective: salty – describing the noun pickles.


Different Kind of adjectives


Limiting Adjectives:-

Limiting adjectives do as their name suggests, they limit the noun being described. Generally, there are nine types of limiting adjectives-


No.-1.Definite & Indefinite Articles

No.-2.Possessive Adjectives

No.-3.Demonstrative Adjectives

No.-4.Indefinite Adjectives

No.-5.Interrogative Adjectives

No.-6.Cardinal Adjectives

No.-7.Ordinal Adjectives

No.-8.Proper Adjectives

No.-9.Nouns used as Adjectives


No.-1.Definite & Indefinite Articles:-


There is only one definite article, the. When used before a noun, it specifies a particular noun as opposed to any one.


The cat (a specific, identifiable cat)

The cottages (specific, identifiable cottages)

There are two indefinite articles, a and an. These are used with a noun when a specific noun is not being pointed at.


A lion  (any lion)

An ant (any ant)


No.-2.Possessive Adjectives


Types of adjectives with examples:-

The possessive adjectives my, your, his, her, its, our, and their modify nouns by showing possession or ownership.


I forgot my key at home.

What is your phone number?

The bookstore sold his favorite book.

After many years, they returned to their homeland.

We’ll make our decision and contact the people involved.

The cat chased its ball down the stairs and into the backyard.


No.-1.Demonstrative Adjectives


What are demonstrative adjectives in English?

The demonstrative adjectives “this,” “these,” “that,” “those,” and “what” are identical to the demonstrative pronouns, but are used as adjectives to modify nouns or noun phrases.


The types of adjectives


That dog is so adorable.

He lives in this house.

My friend preferred those plates.

These books are too expensive.

The relationship between a demonstrative adjective and a demonstrative pronoun is similar to the relationship between a possessive adjective and a possessive pronoun.


Types of adjectives in English:-

No.-1.Interrogative Adjectives


An interrogative adjective (“which” or “what”) is like an interrogative pronoun, except that it modifies a noun or noun phrase rather than standing on its.


Which method is likely to produce the best results?

What subject did you enjoy most?


No.-1.Indefinite Adjectives


An indefinite adjective is similar to an indefinite pronoun, except that it modifies a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase.


Many people continue to ignore warnings about the dangers of sunbathing.

The examiners can pitch on any student to answer questions.

There were a few people sitting at the back of the hall.

All children should be taught to swim.


No.-1.Cardinal Adjectives



Different types of adjectives:- 

Adjectives that modify the noun by numbering it (stating how many) are cardinal adjectives.


Five pens

Six tables


No.-1.Ordinal Adjectives


An ordinal adjective indicates the position of a noun in a series.


The first date

The third month


No.-1.Proper Adjectives


Adjectives derived from proper names are called proper adjectives. They are easily recognizable in that they are always capitalized.


Japanese food

Russian opera


No.-1.Nouns Used as Adjectives


Sometimes nouns can be used as adjectives to define or describe another noun.


The computer exhibition

A history teacher







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