An adjective is a describing word.

I am Australian.

I am from a little village.

She is very pretty.

She is intelligent and beautiful at the same time.

She is nice.

She is a good friend.

You are really nice.

He is a lucky guy.

I am good thanks but I am really busy.

What’s wrong?

Do you feel lonely?

You are a good friend.

Adjectives often come in pairs of opposites:

big – little

large – small

black – white

good – bad

hot – cold

cool- warm

easy – difficult

nice – awful

busy – free

cheap (inexpensive) – expensive

complicated – simple

close – far

sweet – salty

spicy – bland

fast – slow

ugly – beautiful

tall – short

long – short

fat – thin

thick – thin

Present Participless as Adjectives

an interesting story

a fascinating person

a boring lecture

a convincing argument

a passing car

a passing stranger

a speeding car

Past Participles as Adjectives

a collapsed building

a fallen tree

an injured man

a wounded soldier

a ruined building

a bankrupt businessman

a corrupt politician

a well-paid public servant

a stolen credit card

a reserved seat

unaccompanied baggage

damaged goods

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The Philosophy of the Adjective

The adjective sets up scales. It sets up qualities which are degrees on scales. Look at these scales:


Goodness and beauty are both important.

more beautiful
most beautiful

And it is important to be temperate. Look at this scale of temperature:

very hot

You can flesh out your vocabulary by becoming aware of scales like this. When you learn a word, try to learn its opposite and its place in a a scale.

The verb describes an action but the adjective is a quality. This quality is often a point on a scale.

These points on a scale often use adverbs like this:

extremely expensive
really expensive
very expensive
quite expensive
reasonably expensive
a bit expensive

but sometimes adverbs are not necessary



Go through each dialogue in this series of dialogues. Pick out the adjectives. Write them down like this:


Find their opposites like this:

Australian – non-Australian
small -large
nice – awful

Find other degrees in a scale like this:

fairly big – pretty big
very big
extremely big

Look at ways to compare the quality that they describe like this:


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Link to listening activity with Adjectives

Vocabulary Lists of Adjectives

Look at these vocabulary lists:

Adjectives for Describing People


Adjective Noun Combinations

adventurous – adventure
arrogant – arrogance
boastful – boasting
brave – bravery/courage
courageous – courage/bravery
competitive – competition
dim-witted – dim-wittedness/stupidity
evil – evilness/malevolence
funny – humour
good-looking – good looks
handsome – handsomeness/good looks
honest – honesty
impractical -impracticality/lack of …
kind – kindness
lonely – loneliness
lonesome – lonesomeness
loyal – loyalty
modest – modesty/shyness
naive – naivete/stupidity
practical – practicality/presence of mind
quiet – quietness/serenity
rude – rudeness/bad manners
stupid – stupidity
strong – strength
wise – wisdom

Comparative Variations of Adjectives for Describing People

adventurous – more adventurous – less adventurous
arrogant – more arrogant – less arrogant – more humble
boastful -more boastful – less boastful – more humble
brave – braver – more courageous – less courageous – not so brave – cowardly
competitive – more competitive – less competitive – less aggressive
courageous – more courageous – braver – less courageous – a chicken – a coward
dim-witted – more dim-witted – dumber- more stupid – less stupid – more intelligent – cleverer – more clever
evil – more evil – less evil – better – worse
funny – funnier – less funny – not as funny – not so funny
good-looking – more good-looking/better-looking
honest – more honest/honester – less honest – dishonest
impractical – more impractical – less practical
kind – kinder – more kind
lonely – lonelier more lonely
lonesome – more lonesome – lonelier/lonesomer – less lonely/less lonesome
loyal – more loyal – less loyal/less trustworthy
modest – more modest – less modest – less humble
naive – more naive – less naive
practical – more practical – less practical
quiet – more quiet – less quiet
rude – ruder – more rude – less rude
strong – stronger – more strong – less strong/weaker
stupid – stupider/more stupid.
wise – wiser – more intelligent – less intelligent


adventurous – the most adventurous
arrogant – the most arrogant
boastful – the most boastful
brave – the bravest
competitive – the most competitive
courageous – the most courageous
dim-witted – the most dim-witted
evil – the most evil
funny – the funniest
good-looking – the best looking
honest – the most honest
impractical – the most impractical
kind – the kindest
lonely – the most lonely/ the loneliest
lonesome – the most lonesome/ the lonesomest
loyal – the most loyal/ the most trustworthy
modest – the most modest
naive – the most naive
practical – the most practical
quiet – the quietest/the most serene
rude – the rudest
strong – the strongest
stupid – the stupidest/the dumbest
wise – the wisest/ the most intelligent

Learn Adjectives in the Context of a Story

It is daunting to look at vocabulary lists. It is difficult to learn a whole list of words. It is better to learn words in context. it is better to learn words in the context of a story.


Link to a story with these words in context: Love and Death : The Story of Siegfried

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