Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs - 88tuition

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs - 88tuition



There are a total of eight different parts of speech in the English language. Among these, adjectives and adverbs are particularly essential since they define the other parts of speech in the language. While adjectives are most commonly employed to give emphasis on nouns or pronouns, such as persons, places, animals, and objects, this usage of adjectives is not always the case. The second function of adverbs is to emphasize the meaning of verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

For instance, "He was extremely courteous" is an adjective, but "He talks very nicely" is an adverb. The word "polite" is used in connection to a pronoun that is an adjective in the first phrase, whilst the word "politely" is used with a verb that is an adverb in the second sentence.

First, let's have a general understanding of both adjectives and adverbs on their own before moving on to the distinction between the two.


It is the job of the adjective to describe the quality of the noun or the pronoun that it modifies. There are other terms that might refer to it, however they are not as common as an adjective. In spite of this, phrases like this one may be found here.

An adjective is a word that characterizes a noun as well as a pronoun, or, to put it another way, an adjective is a descriptive word. Attributive terms and dependent words are examples of other meanings of the adjective.

Generally speaking, recognizing the adjective is the most crucial thing to do since there are a great number of circumstances in which we need to locate the Adjective. For example, the Degree of Comparison, which refers to a characteristic of a noun, etc. You will be able to recognize adjectives much more rapidly after reading this article since it contains some information that has been presented in the context of recognizing adjectives.

Rule of Adjective Identification

1. Connecting a word in English to a noun is the best way to figure out what that word means; if the meaning that results from the connection is appropriate, the word in question is an adjective.

Like:- bad boy, your name, which place, few cars. 

2. The words in which the following words are at the end, then those words will be Adjectives: -Ous, -Full, -Less, -Some, -Al -ible, etc

The adjective is mainly used in two ways.

  • Attributive Use

  • Predicative Use

Attributive Use: The act of employing an adjective in order to describe the qualities of a noun is known as "attributive usage." Like; I have a huge house.

He is a senior citizen.

She is a really pretty young lady.

The properties of the Noun are being expressed here by the adjectives huge, ancient, and beautiful. As a result, it qualifies as an attribution use.

Predicative Use: When adjectives are employed not before nouns but rather to describe the characteristics of nouns and pronouns that are accessible as subjects, this use is referred to as predicative use. Predicative use is a subtype of descriptive use.

Like; 1. She is a teacher. 2. He was a doctor. 3. They are scientists. 4. She became a lawyer. 5. He is an engineer.

Types of Adjectives

  1. Proper Adjective

  2. Adjective of Quality

  3. Adjective of Quantity

  4. Adjective of Number

  5. Demonstrative Adjective

  6. Possessive Adjective

  7. Distributive Adjective

  8. Interrogative Adjective

  9. Emphatic Adjective

  10. Exclamatory Adjective


It's possible to use an adverb in place of a verb, an adjective, or even another adverb. A verb, an adjective, or another adverb can be described by using an adverb.

These are some examples: quickly, slowly, very slowly, loudly, quietly, poorly, fluently, twice, yesterday, and so on. Example: 

  1. He sang loudly in the shower. 

  2. She thoughtfully considered her options.

  3. He worked diligently on the project

  4.  She read the book carefully. 

  5. He drove recklessly to the party.

The words slowly, loudly, and twice are all instances of adverbs, and they may be found in the sentences that were just read.

Types of Adverbs

  1. Adverbs of Time

  2. Adverbs of Frequency

  3. Adverbs of Manner

  4. Adverbs of Place

  5. Adverbs of Degree

  6. Adverbs of Reason

  7. Adverbs of Negation and Affirmation(Negative and Affirmative Adverbs)

  8. Interrogative Adverbs(Interrogative Adverbs)

  9. Relative adverbs

Difference between an adjective and adverb



An adjective is a word that joins or precedes or succeeds in the meaning of a noun or pronoun.

An adverb describes a verb, adjective, or any other adverb that precedes or succeeds it.

Possesses the qualification of a noun or pronoun.

Modifies a verb, adjective, preposition or conjunction.

address what kind, which and how much.

emphasis How, when, where, how often, etc.

Sohan is loyal

He proved his loyalty

An adjective is used to qualify a noun or pronoun.

An adverb is used to modify a verb, clause etc.

Adjectives elaborate on who, how much, how, etc. 

Adverbs answer how, when, where, etc.

Example of Adjectives:

1. She wore a beautiful, blue dress to the party. 

2. The old, rusty car was barely running. 

3. He was an intelligent, kind-hearted man. 

4. The delicious, homemade cookies were a hit. 

5. She had a cheerful, bub

Example of Adverb: 

1. She quickly ran to the store. 

2. He spoke softly to the child. 

3. She ate hungrily.

 4. He walked slowly down the street. 

5. She answered thoughtfully.


Find the adjective in the given sentences:

1. The sour, pungent lemon caught on my lips.

Ans: The sour, pungent lemon caught on my lips

2. The earnest, pleading tone makes me believe she's telling the truth.

Ans: The earnest, pleading tone makes me believe she's telling the truth

3. The unbelievably beautiful view was breathtaking.

Ans: The unbelievably beautiful view was breathtaking.

4. New kittens are very small and delicate.

Ans: New kittens are very small and delicate

5. It was a long, tiring, and eventful journey.

Ans: It was a long, tiring, and eventful journey.

Find the adverb in the given sentences:

1. The cute dog runs fast.

Ans:  The cute dog runs fast

2. My patient's mother walks slowly.

Ans: My patient's mother walks slowly.  

3. The cool boy plays happily with the trucks.

 Ans:  The cool boy plays happily with the trucks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Is it possible to use two adjectives together?

The use of two or more adjectives that build on one another to alter a noun collectively is referred to as "cumulative adjectives." They follow one another in order. One alternative name for them is "unit modifiers." Indeed, they function as a single entity and are not separate aspects of the word that can be considered separately.

Q2. Is it possible for a proper noun to act as an adjective?

A proper adjective is an adjective that derives from a proper noun and is consequently capitalized since it is derived from a proper noun. Words representing countries, languages, and ethnic groups (such as "Japanese," "Inuit," and "French"), as well as terms formed from people's names (such as "Bayesian" and "Orwellian"), are examples of proper adjectives.

Q3. What follows after the adjective in this sentence?

When an adjective is used with a connecting verb, such as a version of the verb "to be" or a word that means "sense," the adjective comes after the linking verb. Adjectives are normally positioned before the nouns that they modify. A predicative adjective is a name given to the second category of adjectives.