Adjective Rules are very important if you want to improve your English grammar and it also helps to solve error spotting questions in the exams like IBPS PO, SBI PO, SSC, CAT etc. We have already covered the first part of an adjective where we discussed the definition and types of it. In this part, we are going to discuss all the important rules of an adjective.
Here are the 12 adjective rules:-
The comparative adjectives such as Prior, Junior, Senior, Inferior, Prefer, Elder, etc are followed by ‘to’ instead of ‘than’. We don’t use them in comparative degree.
- He is junior to me.
- She is senior to his friend.
There are some adjectives which do not admit any comparative degree and superlative degree, such adjectives denote absolute position.
- I have never played the complete game.
- How can lazy people get success?
An adjective is used as a quality of a noun and pronoun rather than the action of a verb is expressed.
- She is a beautiful actress.
- His performance was wonderful.
Some verbs are not modified by adverbs. be, become, seem, appear, smell, sound, feed, get, grow, keep, look, make etc are linking verbs.
- His voice sounds tuneful.
- The food smells testy.
When two adjectives qualify the same noun, both of them should be expressed in the same degree.
- She is the most talented and most skillful dancer in our school.
- He is more handsome and more intelligent than his brother.
The comparative adjectives which are ends with ‘er’ (clever) should be used as ‘more clever’ when we compare two qualities of one person.
- He is more clever than honest.
The expression ‘these’ and ‘those’ should not be used with singular nouns ‘kind’, ‘type’, and ‘sort’.
- I will not play this kind of shorts.
- This kind of singing will not make you a good singer.
The order of adjective qualifying a noun should be like-
- The long Indian river.
- Thirty-year-old black American negro.
The adjectives like afraid, asleep, due, ready, unable, alike, aware, glad, sorry, well, ill, alone, sure, worth is not used before nouns attributively.
- He found a man aware.
- This movie is worth watching.
We place an adjective after a noun when the noun is followed by a preposition.
- He is a man suitable this job.
- The subject is a matter worthy of note.
We should use “Either, neither, only, both, even, but, also, immediately before the words they emphasize.
- She came not only to play but also to enjoy the game.
- He likes to take not only cold drinks but also ice cream.
The use of All, Both and Whole as an adjective.
a) Place ‘the’ after ‘all’ and ‘both’ when used as an adjective for plural nouns. But we use ‘the’ before ‘whole’.
- All the people were dancing there.
- Both the singer will perform soon.
b) Place possessive case after ‘all’ and ‘both’.
- All my friends are going to Srilanka.
- Both my brothers are very intelligent.
These are some important adjective rules which are helpful for you to improve your English. Learn all the adjective rules carefully to learn the concept of the adjective.
Also, learn- Vocabulary with synonyms and antonyms.