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What is an adjective?



An adjective is a word that belongs to a class whose members modify nouns. An adjective specifies the properties or attributes of a noun referent.


Some languages have no formally distinct category of adjectives. In such languages, property concepts are expressed as either nouns or verbs.


An adjective generally

  • occurs in a noun phrase or as a stative predicate
  • may be intensified, and
  • may take comparative and superlative degrees.
Examples (English)
  • That cat is big.
  • We will not drive the old car.
  • I am very encouraged!
  • She is more agile than you.
  Here are some kinds of adjectives:
  An adjective is a kind of

Crystal 1980 14


Hartmann and Stork 1972 5


Mish 1991 56

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