An adjective phrase, just like an adjective, is used to describe a noun or a pronoun. An adjective phrase is a phrase – and by phrase we mean two or more words – that behaves as an adjective. It is not, as some think, a phrase which contains an adjective. The phrase contains an adjective but also modifiers, thus making it a pair or a group of words. Remember that a phrase is different to a clause as it does not contain a noun and a verb, and therefore cannot stand on its own as a complete sentence, unlike a clause. A phrase is a part of a sentence. The adjective phrase is very common, because it is merely an adjective which is preceded by an adverb or preposition. An adjective phrase can be formed by adding a string of adjectives to describe a noun, a pronoun, a noun phrase or a clause.
examples of the adjective phrase
- Use a string of adjective to describe a noun and this makes for an adjective phrase.
We saw some small, glossy, blue birds on our hike.
- Use an adjective phrase to modify a pronoun:
We were in trouble.
- Modify a noun using an adjective phrase rather than an adjective, just to make your sentence more interesting:
This old hat. adjective
This hat which is old. adjective phrase
The neglected building. adjective
The building which was in a state of neglect. adjective phrase
An adjective phrase, just like an adjective, is used to describe a noun or a pronoun. An adjective phrase is a phrase – and by phrase we mean two or more words – that behaves as an adjective.