3 Positions of Adjective | Attributive & Predicative

Positions of adjective,
attributive & Pridicative

Positions of adjective.

We have studied Adjectives and their kinds, but not position so let’s study it today. Attributive & Predicative adjective. Adjectives are always used before nouns and pronouns to describe or modify them.

Indeed. We use them before the noun to tell the goodness and badness of nouns and pronouns. Sometimes they are used after the noun to modify them. Which we consider as the predicative position of the adjective. They are some specific adjectives that we use with certain words. And there are certain adjectives that, in combination with certain words, are always “post positive” (coming after the thing they modify):
Stage and individual level adjectives: Some adjectives in English exhibit a slight change in meaning when used post-positively. Consider the following examples.

  • All the visible light is turned off.
  • All the light visible is turned off. 
Position of adjective attributive & Pridicative

1. Attributive Adjective

An adjective that usually comes before the noun modifies the noun without a linking verb.


  • He is a kind man.
  • She is an intelligent girl.

2. Predicate Adjective

Predicative adjectives are used after certain words (linking verbs). Like looks, seems, was

The clue was great. — Predicative adjective

He seems dangerous. — Predicative adjective

Bob is a gentleman. — Predicative nominal

In some cases, the predicative adjectives modify the subject.


  • The king was cruel.
  • The battle was over.

In these two sentences, adjectives modify the subject of the sentence.

Like cruel describes the subject king. The adjective over describes the subject’s battle.

  • The painting looks beautiful. (beautiful)
  • The blanket feels soft. (soft)
  • The music sounds quiet. (quiet)
  • The pizza smells delicious. (delicious)
  • The weather appears nice. (nice)
  • The mood stayed relaxed all night.  (relaxed)
  • Kamran is hungry. (hungry)
  • You seem tired today. (tired)
  • The man grows older each day. (older)
  • The homework proves difficult for her. (difficult)
  • The exam was tough. (tough)


What is an adverb?

Parts of Speech.

Figure Of Speech.