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.

Examples:
  • 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.

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: attributive adjectives and predicate adjectives.

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