Where adjectives go in a sentence

Learn about the position of adjectives in a sentence and do the exercises to practise using them.

Level: beginner

We use adjectives to describe nouns.

Most adjectives can be used in front of a noun:

They have a beautiful house.
We saw a very exciting film last night.

or after a link verb like be, look or feel:

Their house is beautiful.
That film looks interesting.

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Submitted by JameK on Tue, 01/11/2022 - 07:41


Sir, in my question paper I saw the phrase ''time allowed''. Is that the word ''allowed'' past tense? And can I use ''semester'' as an adjective like ( the first semester examination).

Hi JameK,

Here, "allowed" is a past participle, which functions as an adjective describing "time".

Yes, "semester" here functions as an adjective, describing "examination".

I hope that helps.


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Sir. Sir could you explain me more. The adjective that I have known is preceded before noun like
"good boy, beautiful girl'' and after the verb like ''I am busy, She is clever''. Could you give me more example. Thanks a bunch.

Hello JameK,

If you're referring to 'time allowed', I think it's best to think of that as an abbreviated form of 'The time you are allowed' or 'The time that is allowed'.

As for 'semester examination', 'semester' is a noun modifier. Follow the link to see an explanation of this grammar.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by g-ssan on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 15:51


Hello sir , could you help me with this sentence it sound interesting are we should say it interesting sound ? Because i think interesting is adjective and sound is noun ?

Hello g-ssan,

These are two different things.

'It sounds interesting' is a sentence -- 'it' is the subject, 'sounds' is the link verb and 'interesting' is an adjective. It means that 'it' is something that interests us. 'sounds' doesn't actually refer to a sound here -- it's another way of saying 'is' really.

'an interesting sound' is a noun phrase -- 'an' is a determiner' and 'interesting' is an adjective that tells us more about the noun 'sound'. It's referring to a sound that we find interesting.

I hope this clarifies it for you, but if not, please don't hesitate to ask again.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team