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A good boy
1. To express a quality--as, good boy-red rose-sweet apple.
Verbal Adjectives. Def. 63. A word used to describe a noun, by expressing a quality, is
A Qualifying Adjective.
Some good fruit.
Much cold water.
ap plication of its noun, is
A Specifying Adjective.
That mountain in the distance
Three sweet oranges.
My enemy. Obs.—Adjectives derived from proper nouns are called Page per Adjectives
Rem.-Adjectives may specify~
1. By simply pointing out things—by limiting or designating.
3. By denoting number, definite or indefinite. Hence,
Def. 65. A word used only to point out or desig-
The next class.
Any man may learn wisdom. Def. 66. A word used to describe things by indicating a relation of ownership, is
A Possessive Adjective.
My father--my neighbor. Children's shoes.
Now, it is allowed that the word “ Arabian," in the above example, is an Adjective-it specifies “horse” as to its origin—a particular kind of horse. As truly is the word “ John's” an Adjective; for, in this connec: tion, it specifies " horse” as to its present condition-a particular horse. It should be remembered that the words " John” and “John's” differ quite as much, even in form, as do the words “ Arabia” and “ Arabian.” But John is a Noun-and so is Arabia; because they are used only as names.
" Arabian" is an Adjective--and so is “ John's;" because, in the sentence above, they are each used to describe : horse. Each word has a substantive origin-each, with its change of form, has changed its office.
Nore 2.—Nouns sometimes become Adjectives, without any change of form.
E.XAMPLES-A gold pen-an iron stove-cedar posts.
NUMERAL ADJECTIVES. Def. 67. A word used to denote Number, is a
Numeral Adjective. EXAMPLES-One-ten-first-second-twice-fourfold-few many-no more.
OBS. 1.-Numeral Adjectives may be
Obs. 2.-A and An, when they denote number, are to be classed as Numeral Adjectives.
“Not a drum was heard, nor a funeral note."
VERBAL ADJECTIVES. Def. 68. A word used to describe a Noun or Pronoun, by expressing, incidentally, a condition, state, or act, is a Verbal Alljcctive.
Obs.—This class of Adjectives consists of Participles—used primarily to describe Nouns and Pronouns.
Scaling yonder peak, I saw an eagle wheeling near its brow." In this example the sentence is, “I saw eagle;" and "scaling yonder peak,” is a phrase, used to describe “ I.” Wheeling near its brow," describes a eagle.” Scaling and wheeling are Participles used to describe a Noun and a Pronoun-hence they are in their office, Adjectives. (See Def. 62.] They describe by expressing (not in the character of Predicates, but), “incidentally, a condition, state, or act," of " I” and “ eagle"-hence they are Verbal Adjectives. *
* Teachers who are unwilling to allow that a Participle “conveying the idea of time,” is an Adjective, will do well here to explain the subject of Participles to their classes, according to their peculiar views. I have chosen the above arrangement as being more simple; and, in my view, more fully answering to the common definition of an Adjective. For further remarks on this subject, see the article “Participles,” in its proper place.
A running brook.
I saw a boy running to school,
Another standing by the way.
It is a truth undisputed.
It is a fact undoubted. Rem.- Participles used as Adjectives, commonly retain their verbal tharacter, and like their verbs, may have objects after them. Hence,
Prin. Verbal Adjectives are distinguished as Transitive and Intransitive.
MODIFICATION OF ADJECTIVES. Rem.-Most Qualifying Adjectives express, by variations in form, different degrees of quality. Hence,
Prin. Some Adjectives are varied in form, to denote
Comparison. There may be four degrees of comparison. 1. Diminutive,
saltish, 2. Positive,
salt, 3. Comparative,
salter, 4. Superlative,
saltest. Def. 69. The Diminutive Degree denotes an amount of the quality less than the Positive.
It is commonly formed by adding ish, to the form of the Positive.
Def. 70. The Positive Degree expresses quality in its simplest form, without a comparison.
Def. 71. The Comparative Degree expresses an increase of the Positive.
It is commonly formed by adding er, to the form of the Positive.
Def. 72. The Superlative Degree expresses the highest increase of the quality of the Adjective.
It is commonly formed by adding est, to the form of the Positive
Obs. 1.--By the use of other words the degrees of Comparison may be rendered indefinitely numerous.
EXAMPLES-Cautious, somewhat cautious, very cautious, unusually cautious, remarkably cautious, exceedingly cautious, too litlle cautious, uncartious, quite uncautious.
Obs. 2.—Comparison descending, is expressed by p.efixing the words less and least to the Adjective.
EXAMPLES—Wise, less wise, least wise ; ambitious, less ambitious, leasi ambitious.
IRREGULAR COMPARISON. Prin. Some Adjectives are irregular in com parison.
more careful.. ... most careful.
....least careful. OBS. 2.—Some Adjectives may be compared by either method specified above.
Positive. Comparative. Superlative.