Definition: An adjective gives
more information about a noun
Position of adjectives
• Two main positions:
> in front of a noun: He had a beautiful smile.
as the complement of a non-action verb (be,
look, seem, appear, smell, or taste):
This house looks small.
Order of adjectives
• When you use two or more adjectives in
front of a noun, you usually put an adjective
that expresses your opinion in front of an
adjective that just describes something.
> You live in a nice big house.
> He is a naughty little boy.
She was wearing a beautiful pink suit.
(nice, naughty, beautiful express your opinion)
• An adjective with a more general
meaning such as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘nice’,
or ‘lovely’ usually comes before an
adjective with a more specific meaning
such as ‘comfortable’, ‘clean’ or
• Adverbs give more information about verbs,
adjectives, or other adverbs.
• Position of adverbs:
> after the verb: The house rented quickly.
> before the adjective / adverb it describes:
It’s an extremely complicated problem.