Adjectives with Nouns and Verbs
Adjectives with nouns and verbs
Adjectives with nouns
Adjectives give more information about nouns. Their form does not change for singular and plural nouns or for male and female:
A young girl and two young boys came to the party.
- Adjectives usually come before a noun: a white lamb a lamb white
We can put two or more adjectives before a noun. We don’t usually use and:
A little and white lamb a little white lamb
- But if both adjectives describe colours or two similar qualities, we put and before them:
A black and white horse a long and boring film
Adjectives with verbs
We can use adjectives after the verbs be, appear, become, get, feel, look, seem and taste:
The lambs are lovely. (= They are lovely lambs.) That lamb looks cute.
Our new teacher seems nice. Can we go home now? I’m getting tired.
- We use and between two adjectives after a verb: That flight was long and tiring.
- The adjectives alive, afraid, alone, asleep and awake are always used after a verb.
We cannot use them in front of a noun:
They are asleep children. Be quiet. The children are asleep.
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