Types of Adjective: Definition & Examples


Many adjectives either come before nouns or can come along with the linking verbs like feel, seen, appear, etc. Some adjectives never come before the noun, while some are placed just after the noun. There are eight different types of adjective.

An adjective also improvises the noun or a pronoun. Some sentences contain more than one Adjective.

Types of Adjective

There are eight types of an adjective

  1. Descriptive Adjective
  2. Demonstrative Adjective
  3. Distributive Adjective
  4. Interrogative Adjective
  5. Numeral Adjective
  6. Quantitative Adjective
  7. Proper Adjective
  8. Possessive Adjective

1. Descriptive Adjective:

Descriptive Adjectives are used to illustrate or describe the qualities of a noun or pronoun of a sentence.

Examples of descriptive adjective are in sentences.

  1. Harley Davidson is an expensive bike.
  2. The Great Khali is a tall man in the wrestling industry.
  3. Oxford University has an attractive infrastructure
  4. gorgeous lady is standing in front of me.
  5. He came into the party with an ugly hairstyle.

2. Demonstrative Adjective:

Demonstrative adjectives demonstrate about things, people, or animals.

It is use to express the position of the noun. It comes before other adjectives in phrases or sentences.

  • This, these, that, those are demonstrative adjectives.

Examples of demonstrative adjective are in sentences.

  1. This movie is so funny.
  2. Those are Harry’s bikes and car collections.
  3. These are my batchmates.
  4. Collect all the fruits and put on that table.
  5. These cookies are very delicious.

3. Distributive Adjective:

Distributive Adjectives are generally used to point to a particular group or individual and are used with singular nouns. It is used to modify nouns.

“Each, neither every, and either” is four distributive Adjectives.

Examples of distributive adjective are in sentences.

  1. Each student has to take part in cultural events.
  2. There were two washing machines, but neither worked properly.
  3. I will be happy with either decision. 
  4. Every bogie of a train is filled with coal.
  5. The monkey divides the piece of bread and gives them to each cat. 

4. Interrogative Adjective:

Interrogative adjectives are used to interrogate nouns and modify them.

There are three interrogative adjectives, “which, what, and whose,” respectively.

Examples of interrogative adjective are in sentences.

  1. What is the exact location of your residence?
  2. Which of these bracelets do you want to purchase?
  3. Whose ambitions are completed, mine or yours?
  4. Which clauses appear at the beginning of the sentence?
  5. Whose car keys have forgotten outside?

5. Numeral Adjective:

A numeral adjective determines us about the number of the nouns present in any sentence.

Numeral Adjectives are of three types:

  1. Definite Numeral Adjectives(cardinal and ordinal)
  2. Indefinite Numeral Adjectives
  3. Distributive Numeral Adjectives.

Examples of numeral adjective are in sentences.

  1. Mark purchased five Bugatti cars from the showroom. (Cardinal)
  2. The second part of this movie is mind-blowing. (Ordinal)
  3. Some people can never understand french. (Quantitative)
  4. All the money you have can never buy happiness. (Indefinite)
  5. Every living thing needs energy.

6. Quantitative Adjective:

The quantitative Adjective is used to explain the noun ( person or thing )and its quantity in the sentence. Sometimes a numeral adjective is also called a quantitative adjective though it specifies the numbers.

  • Little, more, much, few, all, large, small, tall, thirty, fifty, etc.

Examples of quantitative adjective are in sentences.

  1. He played the guitar for the very first time.
  2. I scored 98 marks in a recent test.
  3. My office cabin is shifted to the second floor.
  4. Among allsome of them are Spanish, a few are Turkish, and the rest are Afrikans.
  5. Two boys are seriously injured in an accident.

7. Proper Adjective:

Proper Adjective indicates an appropriate person, thing, animal, or object. 

It refers to a particular person of existence and hence needs to be capitalized.

Examples of proper types adjective are in sentences.

  1. Asian countries organized a Commonwealth Games.
  2. The Indian Ocean is the third-largest ocean on Earth.
  3. I tasted different types of food, but Indian food has the best taste.
  4. Egyptians built the Pyramids of Egypt.
  5. The most popular currency in the world is the dollar.

8. Possessive Adjective:

A Possessive adjective shows the possession nature of the noun to a person or people in a sentence. The possessive Adjective also performs as a possessive pronoun.

  • First-person: my, our.
  • Second-person: yours.
  • Third-person: his, her, its, their, whose.

Examples of possessive types adjective are in sentences.

  1. My PC is working better now as it has worked in the beginning.
  2. His car is costlier than my vehicle.
  3. I saw your father near the market.
  4. Their band is popular in the East area.
  5. Both sisters have their cupboard for clothes.

a) Adjective forms:

There are three forms or degrees of Adjective,

  1. Positive degree.
  2. Comparative degree and 
  3. Superlative degree.
  • Big, bigger, biggest.
  • Good, better, best.
  • Tall, taller, tallest.
  • Bad, worse, worst.
  • Much, more, mos, etc.

1) Positive degree:

A positive degree shows a correlation between adjectives and adverbs in a normal form.

There is no comparison shown in between adjectives and adverbs that are called a positive degree.


  1. He is a handsome guy.
  2. Raghav scored the same marks as Jenifer scored.
  3. The climate is extremely poor.
  4. I bought an expensive car.
  5. Army people are brave-hearted in life

2) Comparative degree:

A comparative degree is nothing but a comparison of relation, quality, and quantity between two people, place, thing, or object.

It also compares one noun with another noun in a sentence. Comparative degrees have a suffix -er.


  1. Batista has bigger arms than John Cena.
  2. I suggest a better idea than Sam.
  3. Jonathan purchased an expensive aquarium than his friend does.
  4. His handwriting is worse than mine.
  5. She is happier today than yesterday.

3) Superlative degree: 

The superlative degree compares the quality or quantity of any person, place, thing, or object among all to show either the least quality or highest degree.

The superlative degree has a suffix -est.


  1. Pluto is the smallest planet in our solar system.
  2. She is the most beautiful girl on our campus.
  3. ISRO had made a record of sending the cheapest space satellite successfully on mars.
  4. Usain Bolt made a world record of the fastest athlete in the Olympics.
  5. MS Dhoni is the best finisher in the history of cricket.