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.
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Here are some qualificative adjectives as examples (underlined and in bold)
Des myrtilles bleues / blue blueberriers
un argument convaincant. / a convincing argument
une opinion convaincante./ a convincing opinion