Learn more about adjectives

Learn more about adjectives
Learn more about adjectives

We continue to tell more interesting things about adjectives, that element of our language that is characterized by always modifying a noun, with which it must always agree in both gender and number. In other words, the adjective has the function of complementing a noun. A task that can be done in two ways:


The adjective can directly complement the noun, both preceding and following it. In this case of complementing it directly, it acts as a modifier of the noun.

Red car, little girl.

But at other times, its function does so indirectly. And for this averb must be included. It still agrees in gender and number with the noun, but it looks like a predicate or an attribute.

The car is red, the girl looks small

On the other hand, although adjectives make sense as complements of a noun, they can also be accompanied by a determiner. Especially the article. So it's a noun adjective.

Green looks good on you (the noun “color” is missing)

Actually, all adjectives can be substantive with the neuter article lo. With the exception of those that are only applicable to people. Thus it is possible to say the good or the small, but not the adult or the unharmed.

While not to be confused with phraselike how strong they are. Where lo does not act as a substantive article, but rather is an intensifier. The article preceding the adjective and followed by the relative that, comes to be all as a unit that is equivalent to the exclamatory what.

How beautiful you are is equal to How beautiful you are!

And to finish with other curiosities of adjectives, we want to name the shortened cases. That is, when a final vowel or syllable is removed. A quality they share with certain adverbs.

Great – A great woman

Good – A good car

Bad – That bad step

And another peculiar case is san de santo. It only presents its formula with an apocope in front of masculine nouns, never with feminine ones or with common nouns. And neither does it before masculine names that begin with To- or Do-

Saint John, Saint Teresa, Saint Man, Saint Dominic, Saint Thomas.

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