Adjective is a word that modifies or describes a noun or pronoun. Adjectives are invariable: They do not change their form depending on the gender or number of the noun.

Where a number of adjectives are used together, the order depends on the function of the adjective. The usual order is: Value/opinion, Size, Age/Temperature, Shape, Colour, Origin, Material. However, this is not strictly followed.

Examples of Adjectives

  • He is a lonely man (Quality)
  • This clock is German (Origin)
  • My coat is very old (Age)
  • This is a very long film (Size)
  • He wore a red shirt (Colour)
  • A square envelope (Shape)
  • Grammar is boring (Judgement)

Types of Adjectives

There are five most common type of adjectives which are commonly used.

Adjectives of Quality

Adjectives of Quality answer the question ‘Of what kind’

Examples: Large, Small, Intelligent, Beautiful

Adjectives of Quantity

Adjectives of Quantity answer the question ‘How much’


Examples: Some, Little, Any, Enough 

Adjectives of Number

Adjectives of Number answer the question ‘How many’

Examples: Two, Seven, Second, Third

Demonstrative Adjectives

Demonstrative Adjectives answer the question ‘Which’

Examples: This, That, These, Those 

Interrogative Adjectives

Interrogative Adjectives are used to ask questions about a noun.

Examples: What, Which, Whose