Adjective Endings

Adjective Endings :

Adjectives have different endings.
Some adjectives end in -ful or -less.

homeless people
playful puppies
a beautiful dress
a careless driver
a faithful dog
a harmless insect
a useful tool

An adjective that ends in -less is the opposite of the same adjective that ends in -ful.

For examples :

careful – careless
useful – useless
colorful – colorless
harmful – harmless

The -ful ending means having a lot of something.

For examples :

painful = having a lot of pain
hopeful = having a lot of hope

The -less ending means without.

For examples :

leafless = without leaves
sleeveless = without sleeves

Some adjectives end in -y.

a dirty street
a noisy room
an oily pot
a sleepy passenger
a sunny day
a stormy sea
a muddy path

Some adjectives end in -ive.

an expensive necklace
an active child
an attractive hat
a creative toy
talkative pupils

Some adjectives end in -ing.

a caring nurse
an interesting book
loving parents
matching clothes
a smiling face
a cunning fox
dazzling sunshine

Some adjectives end in -ly.

a daily newspaper
a friendly police officer
a costly diamond ring
an elderly woman
lively kittens
a lonely boy
a lovely girl
a weekly magazine

Many adverbs also end in -ly.

Here are some adjectives with the endings -able, -al, -en, -ible, -ish and -ous.

a broken chair
a famous pop singer
a poisonous snake
childish behavior
a national costume
a comfortable chair
a musical instrument
a dangerous place
a terrible mess
a foolish act
a woolen sweater
a horrible smell
a wooden table
a loveable koala


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