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English Adjectives

Notional grammars define adjectives as “words that describe nouns.” An adjective consists of an adjective plus any modifiers and complements.

Grammatical Forms

Grammatical Form of English Adjectives explains the internal structures that distinguish adjectives from other grammatical forms, which includes degrees of modification.

Positive, Comparative, and Superlative Adjectives explains the three degrees of modification of English adjectives.

Grammatical Forms of English Adjective Phrases explains the internal structure of adjective phrases in English.

Predicative-Only Adjectives explains the subcategory of adjectives that function only as subject complements and object complements in the predicate of a clause in the English language.

Grammatical Functions

Grammatical Functions of English Adjectives and Adjective Phrases explains the five grammatical functions of adjectives and adjective phrases in English grammar.

Using Adjectives as Adjective Phrase Heads exemplifies adjectives performing the grammatical function of adjective phrase head.

Using Adjectives and Adjective Phrases as Noun Phrase Modifiers exemplifies adjectives and adjective phrases performing the grammatical function of noun phrase modifier.

Using Adjectives and Adjective Phrases as Subject Complements exemplifies adjectives and adjective phrases performing the grammatical function of subject complement.

Using Adjectives and Adjective Phrases as Object Complements exemplifies adjectives and adjective phrases performing the grammatical function of object complement.

Using Adjectives and Adjective Phrases as Appositives exemplifies adjectives and adjective phrases performing the grammatical function of appositive.

For information on adjective clauses, see English Adjective Clauses.

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