Qualitative and Relative Adjectives ADJECTIVES IN ENGLISH


Adjective is a speech part determining nouns. They answer the question What kind? There’re common/descriptive and proper/personality adjectives. Multi-root adjectives are compound. Adjectives make description more specific.
Mexican food
faraway land
Qualitative Adjectives
Semantically adjectives may be qualitative or relative. Qualitative adjectives describe objects directly by denoting their shape, size, color or other general characteristics.

pretty, low, complete, round, good
Some qualitative adjectives are intensifiers. They emphasize object meanings, determined only by absolutely/really:
certain, sure, pure, sheer, real, undoubted, complete, extreme, great, perfect, mere, close, utter, entire, wonderful, terrible, astonished, delicious, amazing, hilarious

Relative adjectives
Relative adjectives describe objects indirectly, through their relations to other objects.
woolen, wooden, silver

They’re non-gradable – can’t be determined by very, too, enough. Intensifiers are non-gradable too.
weekly, unconscious, dead, legal, medical, empty, full
Attribute Adjectives
Syntactically adjectives may be attributive and predicative. Attributive adjectives come before nouns.
intelligent young woman

Some adjectives are historically attributive:
chief, main, only, particular, principal, sole
Predicative Adjectives

О Main Aditor

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