Rule-1 Adjective of quantity like much, LITTLE, ENOUGH, SUFFICIENT, WHOLE, etc. must be used with uncountable nouns only as they express quantity and not number.
English Grammar – Adjectives & Adverbs
Ex.-Many (not much) boys are absent from the class today.
Many (not much) boys failed in the examination.
☞Rule-2 The use of ‘few’, ‘a few’ and ‘the few’ should be used with care they denote number. Few means ‘NOT MANY’.
Few has negative meaning
A few means ‘SOME AT LEAST’
The few means ‘WHATEVER THERE IS’.
Ex. I read few books.
I Read a few books.
I Read the few books I had.
A few men are true from fault. (Incorrect)
Few men are true from fault. (Correct)
☞Rule-3 Use of little, a little, the little
Little means ‘hardly any’ in quantity.
Ex.-He had little money
There is little water in the bottle
There is a little hope of his recovery (Incorrect)
There is little hope of his recovery (Correct)
A little means ‘Some’ in quantity if not much.
Ex.-Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. (Incorrect)
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.(correct)
He had a little money.
There is a little water in the bottle.
The little means ‘not much in quantity but all that is’.
Ex.-I spent the little money I had.
little water that is in the bottle may be used for the patient. (Incorrect)
A little water that is in …………….. (Correct)
☞Rule-4 Adjective of number must be used only with the countable nouns and not with uncountable as they indicate number and not quantity.
Ex-I have taken many milk today. (Incorrect)
I have taken much milk today. (Correct)
Do not drink so many water. (Incorrect)
Do not drink so much water. (Correct)
☞Rule-5 Some, All, Any, No. Most etc. may be used both as adjectives of number and Adjectives of quantity as they can express number as well as quantity.
Ex.-There are no boys in the class (Adj. of Number)
There is no milk in the pot. (Adj. of quantity)
All big machines are imported from foreign countries. (Adj. of number)
All the sugar was thrown into the sea. (Adj. of Quantity)
Give me some water. (Adj. of Quantity)
Some of these students are excellent. (Adj. of Number)
☞Rule-6 the comparative adjectives, ending with like superior, inferior, senior, junior, prior, anterior, posterior, exterior etc. Take ‘to after them and not ‘than’.
Ex.-He is senior than me. (Incorrect)
He is senior to me. (Correct)
Health is preferable than wealth. (Incorrect)
Health is preferable to wealth. (Correct)
☞Rule-7 Double comparative adjectives or double superlative adjectives must not be used.
(Incorrect) He is more senior than me.
(Correct) He is senior to me.
Milk is more preferable than tea. (Incorrect)
Milk is preferable to tea. (Correct)
Ashoka was the most strongest of the kings. (Incorrect)
Ashoka was the strongest of the kings. (Correct)
☞Rule-8 Comparative degree must be used when the comparison is between two persons of things and superlative degree when the comparison is among more than two things.
Ex.-Who is the tallest of these two brothers ? (Incorrect)
Who is taller of these two brothers ? (Correct)
He is wise of all students in the class. (Incorrect)
He is the wisest of all students in the class. (Correct)
☞Rule-9 The comparative ending in ‘er’ is not used when we compare two qualities in the same person or thing. In that case we use ‘more’ before the Adjective.
Ex.- Ram is braver than wise. (Incorrect)
Ram is more brave than wise (Correct)
☞Rule-10 Use of (Later, Latter; latest, last)
Later and Latest – shows time
Latter and last – shows position
Ex.-He latter refused to come (Incorrect)
He later refused to come. (Correct)
The later part of the novel is not clearly written (Incorrect)
The latter part of the novel is not clearly written . (Correct)
☞Rule-11 Use of (farther, further; farthest, furthest)
Farther, Farthest – denote distance
Further, Furthest – next, also (position)
Ex.-After this he made no farther statement. (Incorrect)
After this he made no further statement. (Correct)
Delhi is farther from Haridwar than Roorkee.
Don’t make further delay.
☞Rule-12 Before superlative adjectives articles ‘THE’ must (always) placed.
Ex.-He is the best boy of the class.
She is the most intelligent girl.
☞Rule-13 Use of (Nearest, next)
Nearest denotes distance.
Next denotes position.
Ex.-He was sitting next to me.
Patna junction is the nearest to my house.
This is the next post-office to my house. (Incorrect)
This is the nearest post-office to my house. (Correct)
☞Rule-14 Use of (Elder, older; Eldest, oldest)
Elder and eldest – are used of members of the same family.
Older and oldest are used for persons or things.
Elder takes ‘To’ after it while older takes ‘than’
Ex.-I have an older brother (Incorrect)
I have an elder brother (Correct)
Mohan is the eldest boy in the town. (Incorrect)
Mohan is the oldest boy in the town. (Correct)
☞Rule-15 Use of less and fewer
Less – Quantity
Fewer – Number
Ex.-There is fewer sugar in your tea than in mine. (Incorrect)
There is less sugar in your tea than in mine. (Correct)
He has less money than I.
☞Rule-16 Some adjectives like (Perfect, Ideal, Full, Chief, Unique, Complete, Infinite, Extreme, Entire, Universal, Empty, Impossible, Unanimous, square, sound etc. are not compared as they express meaning which do not admit of any variation of degrees.
Ex.-This achievement was most unique. (Incorrect)
His achievement was unique. (Correct)
Your knowledge is most perfect. (Incorrect)
Your knowledge is perfect (Incorrect)
☞Rule-17 When a comparison is introduced and has ‘ANY’ after it, the things compared must always be excluded from the class of things with which it is compared, by using ‘OTHER’
Ex.-London is larger than any city in England. (Incorrect)
London is larger than any other city in England (Correct)
Ram is cleverer than any student in his class (Incorrect)
Ram is cleverer than any other student in his class. (Correct)
The tiger is as swift as any animal.
The tiger is as swift as any other animal.
☞Rule-18 ‘Each’ is used to indicate a limited number and ‘EVERY’ to denote an unlimited number in selection or choice.
Ex.-Everyone of the two boys was given a prize. (Incorrect)
Each one of the two boys was given a prize (Correct)
He came to see us Each day. (Incorrect)
He came to see us Every day. (Correct)
☞Rule-19 “Some” is used in the affirmative sentence “any” is used in negative and interrogative sentence.
I don’t want some chocolates. (Incorrect)
I don’t want any chocolates (Correct)
I will have any tea. (Incorrect)
I will have some tea. (Correct)
Did you go somewhere last night ?
Did you go anywhere last night ?
☞Rule-20 What’s the Correct Order for Multiple Adjectives in a sentence?
When you list several adjectives in a row, there’s a specific order they need to be written or spoken. Native speakers of English tend to put them in the correct order naturally, but if you’re learning English, you’ll have to memorize the order. It goes like this:
Before the adjectives you will normally have the Determiner.
1.Determiner: The determiner tells us if the noun is singular or plural, definite or indefinite
a, an, the, my, your, four, those, some etc
2.Quantity or number:
3.Quality or opinion: Explains what we think about something. This is usually our opinion, attitude or observations. These adjectives almost always come before all other adjectives.
beautiful, boring, stupid, delicious, useful, lovely, comfortable
4.Size: Tells us how big or small something is.
big, small, tall, huge, tiny
5.Shape / Weight / Length: Tells about the shape of something or how long or short it is. It can also refer to the weight of someone or something.
round, square, circular, skinny, fat, heavy, straight, long, short,
6.Condition: Tells us the general condition or state of something
broken, cold, hot, wet, hungry, rich, easy, difficult, dirty
7.Age: Tells us how old someone or something is.
old, young, new, ancient, antique
- Colour:The colour or approximate colour of something.
green, white, blue, reddish, purple
9.Pattern: The pattern or design of something.
striped, spotted, checked, flowery
10.Origin: Tells us where something is from.
American, British, Italian, eastern, Australian, Chilean
11.Material: What is the thing made of or constructed of?
gold, wooden, silk, paper, synthetic, cotton, woolen
12.Purpose/Qualifier/Use: What is it for? These adjectives often end in –ing.
sleeping (bag), gardening (gloves), shopping (bag), wedding (dress)
If you look at the examples above, you can ask… what are the gloves used for? (gardening) What is the bag used for? (shopping)
And after these adjectives we have the…
13.Noun: The person or thing that is being described
This is the correct order for adjectives that come directly before a noun, and they are separated by commas.
Ex- My beautiful, big, circular, antique, brown, English, wooden coffee table was broken in the move.
If the adjectives come after the verb “be” as the complement, then the qualifier will stick with the noun at the beginning of the sentence. The adjectives in the complement are separated by commas with the final two being separated by “and.”
My coffee table is beautiful, big, circular, antique, brown, English and wooden.
Ex- I love that really big old green antique car that always parked at the end of the street.
Ex- a wonderful old Italian Car.(opinion-age- origin)
A big square blue box. (size -shape- color)
A disgusting pink plastic ornament. (opinion- color- material)
I bought a pair of black leather. (color-material)
Basic Definition of Adjective : Simply we can say that Adjectives are describing words. Adjectives are words that describe or modify nouns.
Sizes : big, small, large, thin, thick
Shapes : triangular, round, square, circular
Colors : black, blue, white, green, red
Personality : happy, sad, angry, depressed
Time : Yearly , monthly, annually
Ages : new, young, old, brand-new, second-hand
Sounds : Loud, noisy, quiet, silent
Tastes : juicy, sweet
Qualities : good, bad, mediocre
now lets have a look at the Rules on Adjectives :
Shortcut Rule 1 :
In a comparison, the conjunction ‘than’ should be followed by ‘any other’ If a person / thing is compared with any other person / thing among some / many.
Shortcut Rule 2 :
In comparisons, the monosyllable words like “hot / easy / tall / small” should not be used with more / most.
Shortcut Rule 3 :
Elder / Eldest should be used with the members of the same family.
Older/ Oldest these comparative adjective denote the age of person / thing.
Shortcut Rule 4 :
While comparing the objects, we should see that a noun is compared with another but not with some other word.
Shortcut Rule 5 :
One, Two, Three etc. are called Cardinal Numbers.
First, Second, Third etc are called Ordinal Numbers.
In usage the Ordinal number is used in the First Place.
Shortcut Rule 6 :
The following comparative adjectives should be used ‘to’ in comparison but not ‘than’. (More / Most should not be used).
Interior / Superior / Junior / Senior / Anterior / Posterior etc.
Shortcut Rule 7 :
After ‘comparatively / relatively’ an adjective under positive degree should be used.
Shortcut Rule 8 :
After ‘prefer / preferable’ instead of than, ‘to’ should be used.
Shortcut Rule 9 :
More / Most should not be used with ‘excellent / unique / perfect / major / complete / round / golden etc.
Shortcut Rule 10 :
When we compare two qualities in the same person, we should say
‘Shivani is more wise than strong’
Shortcut Rule 11 :
When two adjectives in different degrees of comparison are used in the same sentence, each should be complete in itself.
Shortcut and Usage of Adjectives in English Grammar
As You know that English Grammar is an important part of SSC exams that’s why we shall discuss the Rules of Adjectives and its basic usage in English Grammar which will be helpful for upcoming exam like FCI, SSC and all other competition exam.
What Is an Adjective?
The simplest definition of an adjective is that it is a word that describes or clarifies a noun. Adjectives describe nouns by giving some information about an object’s size, shape, age, color, origin or material.
Examples: Black book, Lazy boy
An adjective can be used in two ways:
(1) Attributively : She is good teacher (Adjective is before noun)
(2) Predicatively : Bimala is intelligent. (Adjective is immediately after verb)
Types of adjectives:
1. Adjectives of Quality ( answer the question : Of what kind?) : Delhi is a large city, He is an honest man
2. Adjectives of Quantity ( answer the question : how much?) :I ate some rice, you have no sense
3. Adjectives of Number ( answer the question : how many?) : The hand has five fingers, All men must die
Adjectives of number are of three kinds:
- a. Definite numeral adjectives: One, two , three etc. These are called cardinals. First, second, third etc these are called ordinals
- b. Indefinite numeral adjectives : Which do not denote an exact number. Eg: all, no, many , few, any, certain, several, sundry
- c. Distributive numeral adjectives: Which refer to each one of a number. Eg: Each, every, Neither, Either.
1. Each boy must take his turn
2. India expects every man to do his duty
3. Either pen will do
4. Neither accusation is true
D. Demonstrative Adjective: (answers the questions Which?)
1. This boy is stronger than gopal
2. That boy is diligent
3. These mangoes are sour
4. I hate such things
E. Interrogative adjectives : used to ask questions when there are used with nouns
1. what manner of man is he?
2. which way shall we go?
3. whose book is this?
F. Emphasizing adjectives: the words own and very act as emphasizing adjectives
1. I saw it with my own eyes
2. I met him in this very room
G. Exclamatory adjectives: What is sometimes used as an exclamatory adjectives
1. what an Idea!
2. What a blessing!
What Do Adjectives Look Like?
English can be very tricky, so you have to be careful, but a lot of English adjectives end with these suffixes:
- -able/-ible – adorable, invisible, responsible, uncomfortable
- -al – educational, gradual, illegal, nocturnal, viral
- -an – American, Mexican, urban
- -ar – cellular, popular, spectacular, vulgar
- -ent – intelligent, potent, silent, violent
- -ful – harmful, powerful, tasteful, thoughtful
- -ic/-ical – athletic, energetic, magical, scientific
- -ine – bovine, canine, equine, feminine, masculine
- -ile – agile, docile, fertile, virile
- -ive – informative, native, talkative
- -less – careless, endless, homeless, timeless
- -ous – cautious, dangerous, enormous, malodorous
- -some – awesome, handsome, lonesome, wholesome