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Kinds of Adjectives

There are different kinds or types of adjectives. These include common or descriptive adjectives, demonstrative adjectives, proper adjectives, interrogative adjectives, quantitative adjectives, indefinite adjectives, possessive adjectives, personal titles, and articles.

Common or descriptive adjectives are simple, regular adjectives used for describing a noun or pronoun in a general way.

example: pretty, red, fast

Quantitative adjectives use numbers to describe a noun.

example: five, sixth

Demonstrative adjectives point out, specify or limit a noun.

example: this, that, these, those, here

Proper adjectives are derived from proper nouns.

example: American, French fries

Possessive adjectives describe a noun by telling whom it belongs to or answer the question whose.

Example: my, ours

The interrogative adjectives are used to ask questions.

Example: Which shoes are yours?

Indefinite adjectives provide indefinite, or general information.

Example: no, none, many, some, severa, all

Articles are also used as adjectives to refer to a noun.

Example: a, an, the

Personal titles also serve as adjectives to refer to a noun.

example: Mr. Bean

Linguists today distinguish determiners from adjectives, considering them to be two separate parts of speech (or lexical categories), but traditionally, determiners were considered adjectives in some of their uses. (In English dictionaries, which typically still do not treat determiners as their own part of speech, determiners are often recognizable by being listed both as adjectives and as pronouns.) Determiners are words that are neither nouns nor pronouns, yet reference a thing already in context. Determiners generally do this by indicating definiteness (as in a vs. the), quantity (as in one vs. some vs. many), or another such property.

Possessive Adjectives
A possessive adjective ("my," "your," "his," "her," "its," "our," "their") is similar or identical to a possessive pronoun; however, it is used as an adjective and modifies a noun or a noun phrase,.

Demonstrative Adjectives
The demonstrative adjectives "this," "these," "that," "those," and "what" are identical to the demonstrative pronouns, but are used as adjectives to modify nouns or noun phrases.

Interrogative Adjectives
An interrogative adjective ("which" or "what") is like an interrogative pronoun, except that it modifies a noun or noun phrase rather than standing on its own (see also demonstrative adjectives and possessive adjectives).

Indefinite Adjectives
An indefinite adjective is similar to an indefinite pronoun, except that it modifies a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase.