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Adjectives in English

How do we use adjectives in English?

In this course, we will learn about using adjectives in English. For example, how we use descriptive adjectives, active and passive adjectives, compound adjectives, and comparatives and superlatives.

What will I learn?

  • How to use descriptive adjectives.
  • How to put adjectives in order.
  • How to use adjectives with -ed and -ing.
  • How to use comparatives and superlatives.
  • How to use compound adjectives.

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Why do we need adjectives in English?

Adjectives give extra information about nouns in English. Adjectives can tell us about SIZE, SHAPE, SMELL, SOUND or APPEARANCE, for example. We normally put the adjective before the noun and if there is more than one adjective, we need to put them in a specific order.

What is the difference between -ed and -ing adjectives in English?

In English, an adjective with -ing on the end has an active meaning whereas an adjective with -ed on the end has a passive meaning. For example, if I say “I am BORED”, this means that something else makes me feel BORED (passive meaning), but if I say “I am BORING”, this means I make other people feel BORED (active meaning).

What are compound adjectives in English?

A compound adjective is when we put two or more words together to make a new word, e.g. ‘a LAST-MINUTE decision’ or ‘an ENGLISH-SPEAKING country’. We do this in English to make something clearer or to give extra information.

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