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Formation of Adjectives

Adjectives are words used with nouns to add to their meaning.

Adjectives can be formed in many ways.

Forming adjectives from nouns

Many adjectives we use in daily life are derived from nouns. Some examples are given below.

noun

adjective

boy

boyish

fool

foolish

dirt

dirty

storm

stormy

care

careful/careless

play

playful

hope

hopeful/hopeless

trouble

troublesome

shame

shameful/shameless

sense

senseless/sensible

silk

silky

gold

golden

pardon

pardonable

laugh

laughable

outrage

outrageous

courage

courageous

glory

glorious

envy

envious

man

manly

king

kingly

gift

gifted

health

healthy

heaven

heavenly

Some adjectives are formed from verbs. Some examples are given below.

verb

adjective

tire

tiresome/tireless

talk

talkative

cease

ceaseless

move

moveable

There are some adjectives that are formed from other adjectives. Examples are given below.

adjective

adjective

whole

wholesome

three

threefold

black

blackish

white

whitish

sick

sickly

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