One of my students asked me a question and I found it tricky to explain. There was a question in their test "Is their family big?" He wanted to know why big came after the noun. We can say "It is a big family" or "Their family is big" I just need help explaining the difference.
Also, is it correct to say I have many animals?? For some reason it just doesn’t sound right! I have a lot of animals just sounds more correct
22 May, 2013 at 9:39
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Reply To: adjectives before and after nouns.
Adjectives usually precede a noun: a BIG family.
These are called attributive adjectives.
However, they can also follow a verb: the family is BIG.
These are called predicative adjectives.
Some adjectives are either attributive or predicative; most can be either.