Unit 99. Adjectives: a nice new house, you look tired
Sometimes we use two or more adjectives together:
• My brother lives in a nice new house.
• In the kitchen there was a beautiful large round wooden table.
Adjectives like new/large/round/wooden are fact adjectives. They give us factual information about age, size, colour etc.
Adjectives like nice/beautiful are opinion adjectives. They tell us what somebody thinks of something or somebody.
Opinion adjectives usually go before fact adjectives.
|Sometimes we use two or more fact adjectives together. Usually (but not always) we put fact adjectives in this order:|
We use adjectives after be / get / become / seem:
• Be careful!
• I'm tired and I'm getting hungry.
• As the film went on, it became more and more boring.
• Your friend seems very nice.
We also use adjectives to say how somebody/something looks, feels, sounds, tastes or smells:
• You look tired. / I feel tired. / She sounds tired.
• The dinner smells good.
• This tea tastes a bit strange.
But to say how somebody does something you must use an adverb (see Units 100-101):
• Drive carefully! (not Drive careful)
• Susan plays the piano very well. (not plays ... very good)
We say 'the first two days / the next few weeks / the last ten minutes' etc. :
• I didn't enjoy the first two days of the course. (not the two first days)
• They'll be away for the next few weeks. (not the few next weeks)
Key.2 an unusual gold ring
3 a beautiful old house
4 black leather gloves
5 an old American film
6 a long thin face
7 big black clouds
8 a lovely sunny day
9 an ugly yellow dress
10 a long wide avenue
11 a little old red car
12 a nice new green sweater
13 a small black metal box
14 a big fat black cat
15 a lovely little old village
16 beautiful long black hair
17 an interesting old French painting
18 an enormous red and yellow umbrella
|1 a beautiful table (wooden / round)|
2 an unusual ring (gold)
3 an old house (beautiful)
4 black gloves (leather)
5 an American film (old)
6 a long face (thin)
7 big clouds (black)
8 a sunny day (lovely)
9 an ugly dress (yellow)
10 a wide avenue (long)
11 a red car (old / little)
12 a new sweater (green / nice)
13 a metal box (black / small)
14 a big cat (fat / black)
15 a little village (old / lovely)
16 long hair (black / beautiful)
17 an old painting (interesting / French)
18 an enormous umbrella (red / yellow)
a beautiful round wooden table
Key.2 tastes/tasted awful
3 feel fine
4 smell nice
5 look wet
6 sounds/sounded interesting
smell sound taste
awful fine interesting
2 I can't eat this. I've just tried it and it __________________.
3 I wasn't very well yesterday, but I __________________ today.
4 What beautiful flowers! They __________________ too.
5 You __________________. Have you been out in the rain?
6 Jim was telling me about his new job. It __________________ - much better than his old job.
1 This tea tastes a bit strange . (strange / strangely)
2 I always feel __________ when the sun is shining. (happy / happily)
3 The children were playing __________ in the garden. (happy / happily)
4 The man became __________ when the manager of the restaurant asked him to leave. (violent / violently)
5 You look __________! Are you all right? (terrible / terribly)
6 There's no point in doing a job if you don't do it __________. (proper / properly)
7 The soup tastes __________. (good / well)
8 Hurry up! You're always so __________. (slow / slowly)
Key.3 the last two days
4 the first two weeks of May
5 the next few days
6 the first three questions (in the exam)
7 the next two years
8 the last three days of our holiday
|1 the first day and the second day of the course|
2 next week and the week after
3 yesterday and the day before yesterday
4 the first week and the second week of May
5 tomorrow and a few days after that
6 questions 1, 2 and 3 in the exam
7 next year and the year after
8 the last day of our holiday and the two days
| the first two days of the course |
the next two weeks