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  • Adjectives in English – grammar chart

    Colorful educational chart explaining the use of adjectives in English grammar with examples in sentences, showing adjective-noun combinations, the use of adjectives with 'am/is/are', sensory verbs, and the rule against pluralizing adjectives.

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    Adjective + noun

    When we use adjectives with a noun in English, the adjectives go before the noun.

    • It’s an expensive guitar. blank
    • It’s a guitar expensiveblank
    • She has a new car. blank
    • She has a car new. blank

    Am/is/are + adjective

    We can also use adjectives without a noun after the verb be.

    • This guitar is expensive
    • Her car is new

    In questions, the adjective can go after be + subject.

    • Is your car new
    • Are your classmates nice

    Feel/look/smell/sound/taste + adjective

    We can also use adjectives without a noun after the verbs of the senses: feel, look, smell, sound, taste.

    • Your idea sounds interesting
    • I don’t like this soup. It tastes horrible.
    • You look tired
    • These cookies smell delicious
    • I feel depressed

    No plural

    Adjectives in English have no plural. They are always singular.

    • These are my favourite shoes. blank
    • These are my favourites shoes. blank
    • She has blue eyes. blank
    • She has blues eyes. blank


    We can use very and quite before the adjectives.

    • It’s very expensive.
    • It’s quite expensive.