Qualifying adjectives in English

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Do you know how to use qualifying adjectives in English? If not, don’t worry too much because we are here to help you learn how to use them correctly!

Let’s do it!

Firstly, a  qualifying adjective is an adjective which describes the “qualities” of a person or object, they are also gradable, which means they normally have opposites. Some examples are: hard, small, short, tall, long…etc

Two important rules are:

* We always use qualifying adjectives before nouns.

* Qualifying adjectives stay the same for singular and plural nouns.

The beautiful houses (plural)

The beautiful house (singular)

The big men (plural)

The big man (singular)

Let’s take a look at 3 qualifying adjectives which are very common in English, they are:


The adjective “big” is used to express size or extent of a person or object. For example:

-Lisa has a big house by the sea

-That baby has big blue eyes, they are so beautiful!

-That is a big box, I don’t think it will fit in the cupboard


The next qualifying adjective “good” is used to express many things. In this case however it expresses that a situation, thing or person is satisfactory in quality or action, by how they act, behave or are. For example:

-That was a good movie I would like to watch it again

– Mike is a good guy, you just have to get to know him a bit more

-Did you have a good holiday Mike?


Lastly, the adjective “high” is used to express distance, normally from ground level extending upward towards the sky or above someone’s head. It is used to judge distance from bottom to top or top to bottom.

-The airplane flies high in the sky!

-There is a high fence separating our garden and yours

-That is a high palm tree, I don’t think I can climb it

Time to practice it in your English

Now that you have a clearer understanding of how to use qualifying adjectives in English, you should ensure that you are trying your best to use them correctly in your everyday English.


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