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  • Preface & Content
  • Letter, Word, Sentence
  • Parts of speech
  • Pronoun
  • Adjective
  • Adverb
  • Articles
  • Number and Gender
  • Person and Case
  • Mood and Modal verbs
  • Tense
  • Clause
  • Voice
  • Narration
  • Punctuation
  • Preposition
  • Conjunction
  • Participles and Gerunds
  • Transformation of sentences
  • Phrasal verb
  • Exercise
  • Correction
  • Simple Conjugate
  • English Grammar Tutorials

  • Preface & Content
  • Letter, Word, Sentence
  • Parts of speech
  • Pronoun
  • Adjective
  • Adverb
  • Articles
  • Number and Gender
  • Person and Case
  • Mood and Modal verbs
  • Tense
  • Clause
  • Voice
  • Narration
  • Punctuation
  • Preposition
  • Conjunction
  • Participles and Gerunds
  • Transformation of sentences
  • Phrasal verb
  • Exercise
  • Correction
  • Simple Conjugate
  • Chapter 4. Adjective (Cont'd...)

    Adjective

    4.1 Introduction (Cont'd...)

  • Interrogative adjectives: What kind of manner is this? Whose house is this?
  • Emphasizing adjectives: very, own , etc. The very boy owns the prize.
  • Proper adjectives: comes from proper nouns. For example: Indian English, English blood.
  • Some adjectives have the force of a preposition. Such as: The boy was near his mother. Sometimes adjectives are used as nouns. For example: Her secret is out. Here 'secrete' is used as adjective. However secrete is noun in general. In the phrase capital punishment, the word 'capital' is used as adjective. Generally capital is used as a noun. For example, Delhi is the capital (noun) of India.

    Many followed immediately by a or an takes singular noun and a singular verb; but if it proceeded by a great or good, it takes a plural verb. Such as: Many a flower is born to blush unseen. A great many students were present there.

    Difference of each and every is that each may be used both as pronoun and adjective but every is used only as an adjective. Please see the following sentences: Each of the pens cost a rupee; Each pen costs a rupee. Every pen costs a rupee.

    4.2 Use of Adjectives

    When adjective is used before the noun it is used attributively. Example: A good man is always honored by all. When it is used after the predicate verb, it is used predictively. This tree is tall.

    The attributive adjective is placed after the noun it qualifies:

  • When several adjective enlarge it. There dwelt a man hale and hearty.
  • When it is modified by an adverb or adverbial phrase. Khudiram was a boy famous for his sacrifices for the country.
  • When it denotes size, number or measure. The police faced a mob ten thousand strong.

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