Adjectives + nounHe is a smart girl.
*He painted the walls red.
Verb + adverbHe talked loudly.
Linking verbs + adjectiveHe became/was angry.
She remained calm.
She appears/seems/looks friendly.
The song sounds familiar.
The food tastes/smells good.
Her hair feels soft.
He got disappointed.
He grew tall.
Adverbs of degree + Adj/AdvShe is entirely wrong.
He is extremely intelligent.
He studies very hard.
He was a fairly good student.
He plays fairly well.
He was rather impolite.
He was rather taller than me.
They sang rather badly.
She is rather like/unlike me.
He is quite a good player.
He dances quite well.
Verbs +Manner –Place- TimeHe spoke to me rudely in class yesterday.
Yesterday, he spoke to me rudely in class.
Verbs of movement +Place-Manner-TimeHe came into class quickly yesterday.
Frequency Adverbs + verbHe never yells at me.
He doesn’t always do his homework.
*He is always late to class.
He will never be satisfied.
Adverbs +SentenceFortunately/Apparently, he won.
Adjective only after linking verbsShe became ill.
She fell asleep.
He looked embarrassed.
She is alive.
He is pleased.
He is content.
She is glad.
Adjectives only before nounsthe only /chief/ principal reason
the former president
the upper classes
the indoor/outdoor court
Comparisons/Adjectives and AdverbsHis new book is more interesting than his other books.
His new book is the most interesting of all his books.
He drives more carefully than I do.
He drives the most carefully of all.
She is the smarter of the two.
He is less interested in maths than she is.
He is the least interested in maths.
Is this the best you can do?
Her house is as big as mine.
Her house isn’t as/so big as mine.
He is as good a singer as I am.
He is becoming taller and taller.
He plays as well as the others.
He doesn’t play so/as well as the others.
The film was getting more and more boring.
She is much/far/a bit/ a little/slightly/a lot taller than I am.
He arrived much earlier than I had expected.
She is the tallest of all by far.
She is by far the tallest of all.
Of all the students, he is the best.
The older he gets, the wiser he becomes.
You aren’t any taller than she is.
He isn’t any better than I am.
You are no taller than she is.
This is the hardest exercise I have ever done.
I haven’t done such a difficult exercise before.
His interests are the same as/similar to mine.
He is twice as tall as I am.
He paid twice as much as I did.
I prefer/would prefer to stay home rather than go out.
I prefer walking to driving. /I prefer tea to coffee.
I’d rather/sooner go out than stay home.
He eats much too much.
It’s much too cold today.
He drank too much juice.
There is no comparison between you and him.
older / elder, oldest / eldestHe is my older/elder brother.
He is my oldest/eldest brother.
He is older than I am./He is the oldest of all.
AsHe works as a teacher.
He is known as a creative person.
She is regarded as a patient teacher.
She is described/characterised as a friendlyemployee.
He did things as usual.
He accepted me as a friend.
She treats me as an enemy.
He referred to her new book as the best of all.
He is thought of as a tolerant employer.
He used the table as a desk.
He plays the guitar and sings as well.
Adjectives –ing /–edThe excited children cheered.
I had a frightening experience.
LikeHe works like a dog.
She looks/is like her father.
What is your city like?
Please, don’t talk about him like that.
I don’t feel like going out.
It smells like burnt food.
I can’t tell what it tastes like.
Players, particularly like the ones in my team, try to do their best.
I know him and his like.
He studies art and the like.
Like/Unlike me, she loves walking.
further vs farther
further (adjective)Do you need any further information?
farther (adverb)I can’t walk any farther.
especially vs speciallyHe liked all the songs in the album,
especially/particularly the last one.
This is a specially designed car.
Ungradable Adjectives: No comparative or superlative
unique, final, perfect, utmost, ultimate, last
not at all/ not in the leastShe wasn’t at all/in the least surprised.
Nouns as AdjectivesPut the letter in the desk drawer.
We flew direct to Paris.She talked directly to her boss.
She always works hard.
She hardly goes out.
The water level remained high.
He thinks highly of her.
They ran short of supplies.
He will come shortly.
He answered everything right.
She was rightly angry with him.
They walked deep in the forest.
She was deeply in love.
You can visit the monument free.
She freely gave me her ticket.
She kept her mouth wide open.
It is widely believed that he will win.
I last saw him three months ago.
Lastly, I would like to thank my parents.
The book was pretty interesting.
Her room was prettily decorated.
He did everything wrong.
He wrongly thought I was the thief.
CollocationsHer speech was absolutely ridiculous/brilliant/fantastic.
She is bitterly disappointed.
It is bitterly cold.
It’s boiling hot.
It is freezing cold.
He was deeply moved/offended.
She is fully aware of the effects.
He was greatly impressed/mistaken by her appearance.
He was highly qualified/trained.
Children can be incredibly naïve.
Don’t change it. It is just perfect.
The host was most kind.
It is quite possible that he’ll leave.
He is seriously ill.
She is being totally unreasonable.
She is utterly/completely hopeless.
It is simply wonderful/marvelous.
OnlyOnly John came to the party. = Nobody else but John came to the party.
He gave me only money. = He didn’t give me anything else but money.
She is the only child. = She has no brothers or sisters.
She gave money only to me. = She didn’t give money to anyone else but me.
Order of AdjectivesOpinion - size - age - shape - colour - origin - material - use Noun
nice small old round black English wooden dining tables