We’ve learned about nouns. Now we’ll look at words that describe or modify nouns. We call these words or groups of words adjectives. In this section, we’ll also learn about articles—a, an, and the.
Adjectives describe or modify nouns or pronouns. They come in many varieties. Many consist of a single word, in which case they usually precede the noun they modify. Thus:
the high mountain the low valley the red wagon
Or think about the statement:
When adjectives do come before the noun they modify, they appear in what’s called the attributive position.
Single-word adjectives can come after the words they modify. The verb to be and the other linking verbs enable us to position an adjective, not in the attributive position, but in what’s called the predicative position, that is, the adjective appears in the predicate.
the body politic the heir apparent the village proper
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