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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