Adjective FAQs:


Q: Are adjectives one of the English parts of speech?

A: Yes, although historically they were classed together with the nouns.

Q: Are adjectives called non-comparable or absolute?

A: Yes.

Q: Were adjectives inflected for gender?

A: Yes, and number, and case like nouns , they were considered a subtype of noun.

Q: Is an adjective formerly used in English?

A: Yes, but the terms are now obsolete.

Q: Are adjectives not easily derived?

A: Yes.

Q: Are adjectives linked via a copula or other linking mechanism to the noun or pronoun they modify?

A: Yes, for example, happy is a predicate adjective in "they are happy" and in "that made me happy".

Q: Is an adjective left behind?

A: Yes.

Q: Are adjectives comparable?

A: Yes.

Q: Are adjectives part of the noun phrase headed by the noun they modify?

A: Yes, for example, happy is an attributive adjective in "happy people". In some languages, attributive adjectives precede their nouns; in others, they follow their nouns; and in yet others, it depends on the adjective, or on the exact relationship of the adjective to the noun.

Q: Are adjectives not as absolute in their semantics as is usually thought?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an adjective modified or qualified by a phrase acting as an adverb?

A: Yes.