The Adjective – Throw it to a Noun!

  • A good adjective to a good noun is thrown
  • For more meaning than noun on its own.
  • A better picture is painted
  • By one well acquainted
  • With an adjective’s use, when it’s shown.

An adjective is a word that describes a noun. “Adjective” comes from the Latin “ad” meaning “to” and “-jective” meaning “thrown,” from the verb “jacio,” “I throw, hurl” (project, projectile, inject, eject, abject, etc).

The use of many but not too many adjectives really adds “colour” to composition as well as information and meaning.

The adjective has “degrees” of quality and quantity: eg, a car, more cars, most cars; nice songs, nicer songs, nicest songs. The first degree is the “positive” degree. The second degree is the “comparative” degree. The third degree is the “superlative” degree. To express these degrees some adjectives simply put “more” or “most” before them, while others use the appropriate adjectival “suffixes” on the ends of the words; eg, nice, nicer, nicest.

Adjectives are of the “attributive” or “predicative” varieties. The “attributive” adjective is placed before its noun and describes some quality of it, as, “a good man.” The “predicative” adjective is placed after the noun as a complement to it, as, “The man is good.”

Unfortunately such ease of use has been ruined with confusing modern Grammar books and poor teaching by changing words, known terms and simple, natural structures, causing the unnecessary but deliberate result of many students being much frustrated by unclassical grammar pedants, who really don’t know what they’re talking about but, nevertheless, wish to sound complicated, and the simple things they speak about, complicated. They, thus, drive interested people away by a sort of confusing, fluffy, bombastic pedantry.

Use right adjectives (not “descriptors (sic), phrasal adjectives, descriptor/er phrases, qualifiers, quantifiers,” or other ill-informed unclassical verbiage, but rather just nice, simple adjectives) often in composition. You will love the good results.

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