Qualificative adjective – adjective qualificatif


Let's Define It!

What's a *qualificative adjective*?

In grammar, a qualificative adjective (un adjectif qualificatif) is a word that modifies another word, usually a noun. It indicates a quality, a value, an attribute of the  word it describes.

In English, a qualificative adjective is also known as a qualifying adjective or descriptive adjective. Sometimes, too, they are just generically called adjectives.

(Unlike in English) qualificative adjectives in French usually come after the noun they describe. -->

un vélo vert / a green bycicle.

Some precede the noun they modify and carry sometimes a special meaning depending on their position with respect to the that noun.

un grand homme [a great man]

un homme grand[a tall man]

Moreover, French qualificative adjectives must agree in number and gender with the noun they describe. -->

une maison verte. / a green house.

des maisons vertes. / green houses.


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Let's Have an Example or Two!

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Here are some qualificative adjectives as examples (underlined and in bold)

Des myrtilles bleuesblue blueberriers

un argument convaincant. / a convincing argument

une opinion convaincante./ a  convincing opinion



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