Descriptive Adjectives

Examples of Descriptive Adjectives

Descriptive adjectives are words that describe a quality of a nounOpens in new window or a pronounOpens in new window; they show the kind of quality of a person or thing.


For Example:
  • Shakespeare wrote an interesting poem.
    (interesting is a descriptive adjective describing the noun poem)
  • It is pretty.
    (pretty describes the pronoun it)

Descriptive adjectives are the most common form of adjectivesOpens in new window.

They describe the nouns positioned in their front, giving more details about their action, quality, or state. They are also known as adjectives of quality Opens in new window.

The words skillful, new, good, pink, huge, tiny, American are all examples of descriptive adjectives.

Types of Descriptive Adjectives

Descriptive adjectives are divided into two groups depending on how they are connected to the noun they describe. The two groups are:

  1. Attributive adjectives, and
  2. Predicate adjectives.

1.   Attributive Adjective

An attributive adjective Opens in new window is connected directly to the noun it describes and always precedes it.

For Example:
  • The skillful athletes came prepared.
    (skillful is an attributive adjective; it describes the noun athletes)
  • The farmers bought a new tractor.
    (new is an attributive adjective; it describes the noun tractor)

2.   Predicate Adjective

A predicate adjective Opens in new window is connected to the noun or pronoun it describes by a stative verb such as to be, to feel, to look (see Stative VerbOpens in new window) and always comes after the noun or pronoun described.

For Example:
  • The athletes are skillful.
    (athletes = noun; are = stative verb; skillful = predicate adjective)
  • It looks new.
    (It = pronoun; looks = stative verb; new = predicate adjective)