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Position of Adjectives


Position of Adjectives

adjective + noun

subject + copula verb (be seem, look etc) + adjective

Position of Adjectives


1-Most adjectives can go in two places in a sentence:

a-before a noun

  • The new secretary doesn't 11ke me.
  • She married a rich businessman.

b-after a 'copula verb' (be, seem, look, appear, feel and some other verbs)

  • That dress is new, isn't it? He looks rich.

2-A few adjectives can go before a noun, but not usually after a verb.

Examples are elder, eldest, and little. After a verb, we use older, oldest, and small.

  • My elder brother lives in Newcastle. (Compare: He's three years older than me.)
  • He's a funny little boy. (Compare: He looks very small.)

3-Some adjectives can go after a verb, but not usually before a noun. 

The most common are ill, well and afraid, alive, alone, asleep. Before nouns we use sick, healthy, frightened, living, lone, sleeping.

  • He looks ill. (Compare: He's a sick man.)
  • Your mother's very well. (Compare: She's a very healthy woman.)
  • She's asleep. (Compare: a sleeping baby)

4-In expressions of measurement, the adjective comes after the measurement-noun.

  • two meters high (NOT high two meters)
  • ten years old 
  • two miles long

Mr. ‏El-Sayed Ramadan ‎ ‎


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