chapter  Chapter 18
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Adjectives

ByNancy Stenson

171Adjectives are the descriptive words that help identify the referent of a particular noun by specifying some of its attributes (e.g., the small red car, as opposed to just any car). Adjectives may function as predicates in their own right (what is being said about the noun) or attributively as part of a noun phrase, as in the example just given. This chapter will begin with the predicative use, and follow with the grammar of attributive adjectives.