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The Adjective

I. Types of adjectives:

Adjective proper: good, blue, alive.
Noun converted into an adjective because placed before another noun: (a five-) room (house), (a ten-) year (old boy).
Verb in the 3rd form, used as an adjective: (a) worried (man),
(his) bored (air), (her) confused (mind).
Compound adjective: goog-looking, long-lasting, open-minded, well-dressed.
-Ing form of verb used as an adjective: (an) amusing (fellow), (the) governing (authorities).

2. You can emphasize your feelings about something that you mention by using emphasizing adjectives:

pure bliss . a raving lunatic .
a complete idiot . the very thing .
absolute rubbish . . at the very beginning/end of .
in utter despair . in entire agreement with .
a total failure . outright best-seller .
a perfect success . a positive delight to .
a crashing bore . true/genuine pleasure to .

3. Attributive and predicative adjectives:
Most adjectives can be used both attributively (in front of the noun) and predicatively (after the verb BE, SEEM, LOOK etc).
e.g. She has read an interesting story. The story is interesting.
But there are some adjectives that can be used only in one way.

Attributive adjectives: Predicative adjectives: atomic
eastern/wetern/southern/ .

II. Position of adjectives:

1. before a noun: young woman.
2. after the verb BE, BECOME, SEEM, STAY:
Your ideas are interesting.
Books are becoming expensive.
She looks happy.
The weather wills stay dry.
3. with some verbs after the object: My sister keeps her room tidy.
4. the+adj.=Romanian noun in the plural: the young=tinerii
the rich=bogacii
the English=englezii
5. after a noun (certain phrases): the people present/knight errant/Court Martial/Poet Laureate etc.

Order of adjectives placed before a noun:
determiner opinionsizeshapeagecolororiginmaterial purpose/ typenoun  at/the/two nicebiground oldblueFrench  glass fruit bowl

III. Comparison of adjectives:

Positive:Comparative: Superlative:-er, -est
-one syllable adj.
-two syllable adj.
-ending in -yPeter is tall.

Pam is lucky.
Peter is taller than Jack.
Pam is lukier than Lori.Peter is the tallest in the group.
Pam is the luckiest girl I know.more, the most
less, the least
-long adj.This is difficult.
This is more/less difficult than I thought.This is the most/ least difficult thing to be done. N.B. When comparing two items the COMPARATIVE is used:
e.g. Sam is twenty, while Jimmy is 13.
Sam is the older of the two.

Some long adjectives can be take either -er, -est or more, the most:
able common noble simple
clever narrow simple unkind
gentle handsome pleasant polite
e.g. commoner/more common, the commonest/the most common.

Irregular forms:
good-better-best bad-worse-worst little-less-least
far-farther-farthest ill-worse-worst much-more-most
further-furthest old-elder-eldest many-more-most

To show that a quality changes, use -er and -est/more and more/less and less: We are luckier and luckier.
She is better and better.
They speak more and more fluently.
He is less and less stubborn.

IV. Adjective patterns:
Some adjectives are followed by certain prepositions.

preposition:examples of adjectives: aboutangry, annoyed, anxious, certain, confideny, excited, happy, pleased,
right, sorry, upset, nervous. atamazed, angry, annoyed, bad, excellent, good, hopeless, lucky, skilled,
skilful, surprised, useless. byamused, bored, impressed, shocked, surpised. for famous, late, ready, sorry, responsible, suitable. fromabsent, different, safe, tired. ininterested, involved. on keen, reliant. ofafraid, ashamed, aware, capable, certain, confident, critical, envious, fond, full, guilty, incapable, jealous, kind, nice, proud, scared, short,
stupid, sure, suspicious, terrified, tired, typical. toaccustomed, engaged, generous, inferior, kind, married, polite,
possible, rude, superior, similar. towardsfriendly, patronizing. withangry, annoyed, bored, busy, content, crowded, delighted, disappointed,
familiar, friendy, furiuos, happy, occupied, pleased, satisfied.

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