Adjectives | Degrees | Compound Adjectives | Types of Adjectives |


Adjectives | Degrees | Usage | Types | English Grammar |

What is an Adjective?

Adjective is a word that expresses an attribute of something or it is a word class that qualifies nouns. It describes or modifies a noun in a sentence. Let’s have a look at some of the examples given below. The adjectives are given in bold letters.

Examples of Adjective in a Sentence

  • Ram is a tall boy. 
  • Seeta is a beautiful girl. 
  • She loves to wear ravishing countries.
  • I love money-making people. (Example of Composite Adjective)
  • They want to search for white-collar job.
  • We have bought white sugar from the market.
  • She left an indelible print on my mind.
  • What is your most memorable moment of life?
  • George went to marked to buy a red shirt.
  • We were offered palatable food.

Degrees of Adjectives

Every adjective can be classified into three degrees. These are as follow.

  1. Positive Degree
  2. Comparative Degree
  3. Superlative Degree

Given below are the examples of positive, comparative and superlative degrees.

Positive Degree

Comparative Degree

Superlative Degree

Beautiful more Beautiful

the most beautiful


worse than

the worst


Slighter than the slightest
Brave braver than

the bravest


more cautious the most cautious


better than

the best

Dark darker than

the darkest.

Palatable More palatable

the most palatable

Handsome more handsome

the most handsome

Important Tips to Remember

  1. Comparative Degree is always followed either by r/er or than.
  2. Superlative Degree is always preceded by the word ‘The’.
  3. We can not use two comparative degrees in the same sentence.
  4. We, too, can not use two superlative degrees in the same sentence.

For instance :

  • Ram is more smarter than Shyam. (Wrong)
  • Ram is smarter than Shyam. (Right)
  • Manoj is the most smartest boy of the class. (Wrong)
  • Manoj is the smartest boy of the class. (Right)
  • She is more cooler than her sister. (Wrong)
  • She is cooler than her sister. (Right)
Compound Adjectives
A compound adjective is an adjective that is made up of multiple words. The words are usually connected by a hyphen when used as an adjective. Words like Down-to-earth, Half-Baked, Over-Cooked and are some of the examples of compound adjectives.
Some more examples of Compound Adjectives:
  • Rahul is a part-time employee of this company.
  • He was an open-minded person therefore he succeeded.
  • The movie shows a cold-blooded murder.
  • She was a well-behaved girl yet she was disrespected by her teacher in the class.
  • Pankaj has made up his mind to marry a fun-loving girl.
  • They found a happy-go-lucky partner for their business.
  • We should beware of green-eyed-monster.
  • Our narrow-minded approach can put us in hot water anytime.
  • No body in this world wants to waste his hard-earned money.
  • The boys found guilty in that brutal murder of a 6-year-old girl hailed from a well-to-do family.


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