Adjectives – Tip 01


1.                 Adjectives are invariable:                 They do not change their form depending on the gender or number                 of the noun.

A                   hot                   potato Some                   hotpotatoes

2.                 To emphasise or strengthen the meaning of an adjective                 use ‘very‘ or ‘really‘:

A                     very                     hot                     potato Some                     really                     hot                     potatoes.

(BUT                 see also Modifiers/Adverbs)

Position of adjectives

a) Usually in front of a noun: A beautiful                 girl.

b)   After verbs like “to be”, “to seem” , “to look”, “to taste”:


  • The                   girl is beautiful
  • You                   look tired
  • This                   meat tastes funny.

c)                 After the noun: in some fixed expressions:


  • The                   Princess Royal
  • The                   President elect
  • a court                   martial

d) After the noun with the                 adjectives involved, present, concerned:


  1. I                   want to see the people involved/concerned (= the                   people who have something to do with the matter)
  2. Here                   is a list of the people present (= the people                   who were in the building or at the meeting)

Be                 careful! When these adjectives are used before the noun they                 have a different meaning:

  • An                   involved discussion = detailed, complex
  • Aconcerned father = worried, anxious
  • Thepresent situation = current, happening now

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