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The Positions Of Adjectives

Adjectives are used in specific positions, which have a bearing on the meaning. Let’s us discuss these uses of adjectives and the implications of these uses from G-matic perspectives.

  1. Attributive Use of Adjective
    An adjective can be used before the noun it modifies and this position is called attributive position of adjectives.

Study the following examples in which the adjectives are used attributively.

  • The serene countryside filled him with superior pleasure.
  • Political activities of business men sometimes leave them vulnerable to unwanted  pressures.

In the above examples, the adjectives serene, superior, political, and unwanted modify the nouns that come after them. These adjectives are attributively used.

Most of the adjectives can be used both attributively and predicatively. However, certain classifying adjectives can be used only attributively. For example, you can say federal court, but you cannot say the court is federal.

  1. Predicative Use of Adjectives
    An adjective may be used after a be form or a linking verb and this use is called predicative use of adjectives.

Study the following examples in which the adjectives are used predicatively.

  • The shipbuilding industry was crucial in the economic development of South Korea.
  • New York City is so large that it is divided into five separate boroughs, each a county in its own right.
  • The response given by the student sounded correct.

In the above examples, each of the underlined adjectives is present after a linking verb or after a be form. This use of adjectives is called predicative use.

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