The Adjective

The definition of the adjective tells us it is a word used to modify a noun.

Sometimes it is easier to think of the adjective as describing the noun, but modifying is ‘limiting,’ or make more definite the meaning of the noun. Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns in any one of three different ways.

  • By telling what kind:
    • Brown eyes, small town, or smart student
  • By pointing out which one
    • This woman, that suggestion
  • By telling how many
    • Several reasons, ten players

As you can see in these examples, the normal position of an adjective is directly before the word it modifies. Occasionally, for stylistic or dramatic reasons, a writer may use adjectives after the word they modify.

For example:    The night, cold and foggy, drove us indoors.

There are also predicate adjectives. These are separate from the word they modify by a verb. (We will talk more about predicates when we are futher along.)

For example:    Samantha is pretty.

                          George looked pensive.

                          The dinner was delicious.

                          Her hand felt cold.

One of the things to look out for is words that can be used as an adjective and a pronoun. Some words can be used as more than one part of speech. See the list below for words that can be used both as pronouns and as adjectives.

  • all
  • another
  • any
  • both
  • each
  • either
  • few
  • many
  • more
  • neither
  • one
  • other
  • several
  • some
  • that
  • these
  • this
  • those
  • what
  • which

Nouns are also sometimes used as adjectives.

For example:

  • Sofa cushion
  • Bread pudding
  • Hotel lobby
  • Glass beads

As illustrated with these examples, an adjective describes the noun, but it can be used in many different ways. Using the adjective in different ways will enhance your writing and give it a great deal of range.

Until next time,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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