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Adjectives are an integral part of the English language. Can you guess why? It is because they bring life, vitality, interest, and information to sentences. Our speech and writing would sound rather dull and fail to spark our imagination if we do not include details in it.

Take a look at an example:

Without adjectives – “I ate cake.”

With adjectives – “I ate a moist, delicious and rich chocolate cake at the café. You should try it too.”

From the above examples, you can clearly see how the first sentence sounds utterly flat. It does nothing to entice our imagination or make us visualize what the writer is describing. But the complete opposite happens in the second sentence.

We can imagine the taste, exquisiteness, and quality of the cake just because of the adjectives in it. You can find our ELA video lectures for further help with language skills.

Let’s briefly take a look at the kind of adjectives we have.

Interrogative Adjectives

We have three interrogative adjectives that help us modify nouns too. We use these adjectives to ask questions. They include whose, what, and which. For example:

  • Whose bag is this?
  • What time should I reach?
  • Which color suits you best?

Demonstrative Adjectives

The beauty of adjectives is that they’re so easy to guess by their names and determine the purpose they serve. Demonstrative adjectives help us refer to or demonstrate specific things, animals, and people. For example that, this, those and these.

Coordinate Adjectives

We separate coordinate adjectives with the word ‘and’ or by using a comma. Coordinate adjectives describe the same noun in a sentence. There are many sentences in which we often have to list several attributes of a noun. Take a look at an example:

The bright and sunny day was ideal for a picnic at the beach.

Bright and sunny are the two coordinate adjectives in our example above.

Possessive Adjectives

It is easy to figure by the name that possessive adjectives refer to a possession. Some examples include their, our, its, her, his, your, and my. You may have already noticed that these same possessive adjectives also serve as possessive nouns.

Quick Quiz

Identify the adjective from the sentences below:

  • Dark
  • Winter
  • Parties
  • Colors
  • Stool
  • Work
  • Station
  • Sturdy
  • Fridge
  • Cakes
  • Moist
  • Store


  • Crashed
  • Window
  • Hard
  • Ball
  • Listeners
  • Voice
  • Spell
  • Baritone
  • Hand
  • Hot
  • Tea
  • Spilled
  • Sticky
  • Rice
  • Good
  • Taste
  • Unable
  • Odd
  • Hours
  • Working
  • Favorite
  • Saucy
  • Spaghetti
  • Mom
  • Café
  • Visiting
  • Stale
  • Coffee

Adjectives Starting with P

Pacific Peep-toe Pie-eyed Post-war Private
Pacifist Peerless Pierced Potable Privative
Padded Peeved Piercing Potbellied Privileged
Pagan Pelagic Pietistic Pot-bellied Privy
Painful Penal Piffling Potent Prize
Painkilling Pendent Piggish Potential Prized
Painless Pendulous Pig-headed Potholed Pro
Painstaking Penetrable Pigtailed Potty Proactive
Painted Penetrating Pilot Pouty Probable
Palatable Penetrative Pimpled Powdery Probative
Palatal Penile Pineal Powerful Procedural
Palatial Peninsular Pink Powerless Procreative
Palatine Penitent Pinkish Practicable Productive
Pale Penitential Pinky Practical Profane
Palindromic Penniless Pinpoint Practiced Professed
Palladian Pensionable Pin-striped Praetorian Professional
Palliative Pensive Pint-sized Pragmatic Professorial
Pallid Pentagonal Piquant Prandial Proficient
Palpable Pentatonic Piratical Prayerful Profitable
Paltry Pent-up Pissed Prebiotic Profitless
Paly Penultimate Piss-poor Precast Profligate
Pampered Penurious Pitch-black Precious Profound
Panchromatic Peppery Pitch-dark Precipitate Profuse
Pandemic Peppy Pitchy Precipitous Prognostic
Panicked Peptic Piteous Precise Programmable
Panicky Perceivable Placid Preclinical Programmatic
Panoramic Perceptible Plaguy Precocious Progressive
Pantheistic Perceptive Plaid Preconscious Prohibitive
Pantomimic Percipient Plain Pre-cooked Projective
Papal Percussive Planar Predicative Prokaryotic
Paperless Peremptory Planetary Predictable Proliferative
Papery Perennial Planned Predictive Prolific
Papillary Perfect Plastic Predisposed Prominent
Papist Perfectible Platonic Predominant Promiscuous
Pappy Perfective Platy Preemptive Promised
Papuan Perfidious Playable Prefatory Promising
Parabolic Perforate Playful Prefectural Promissory
Paracrine Perforated Pleading Preferable Promotable
Parallel Perfumed Pleasant Preferential Promotional
Paralogous Perianal Pleased Pregnant Prompt
Paralympic Pericardial Pleasing Prehensile Prone
Paralytic Perilous Pleasingly Prehistoric Pronged
Paramedical Perinatal Pleasurable Prejudiced Pronominal
Parametric Period Plentiful Prejudicial Pronounceable
Paramilitary Periodic Plenty Pre-launch Pronounced
Paramount Periodical Pliant Preliminary Proof
Paranoiac Periodontal Plodding Premalignant Proper
Paranoid Peripatetic Plosive Premier Propertied
Paraphyletic Peripheral Plucky Premium Prophetic
Paraplegic Perishable Plug-in Premonitory Prophylactic
Parasitic Peristaltic Plumb Premorbid Propionic
Parasitical Peritoneal Plummy Prenatal Propitiatory
Parathyroid Perivascular Plump Prenominal Propitious
Parched Perky Plural Preoccupied Proportional
Pardonable Permanent Pluralist Preoperative Proportionate
Paregoric Permeable Plus Pre-owned Proportioned
Parenchymal Permissible Plush Preparative Propositional
Parental Permissive Pocked Preparatory Proprietary
Parenteral Pernicious Pocket-size Prepared Proprietorial
Parenthetic Perplexed Poetic Preplanned Proprioceptive
Parietal Perplexing Pointless Preponderant Propulsive
Parking Persian Pointy Prepositional Prosodic
Parlous Personable Poised Preppy Prospective
Parochial Personal Poisonous Pre-release Prosperous
Parotid Personalized Poker-faced Prerequisite Prostatic
Parricidal Person-to-person Pokey Presbyterian Prosthetic
Parrot-like Perspectival Poky Preschool Prostrate
Partial Perspective Polar Pre-school Prosy
Partible Perspicacious Polemical Prescient Protean
Participative Perspicuous Polish Prescriptive Protectable
Participatory Persuasive Polished Present Proud
Participial Pert Polite Presentable Provable
Particular Pertinent Politic Present-day Provencal
Partisan Perturbed Political Preservative Proverbial
Part-time Perturbing Polychrome Pre-service Provident
Party Peruvian Polycyclic Preset Providential
Paschal Pervasive Polygamous Presidential Provincial
Passable Perverse Polygenic Pressing Provisional
Passerine Perverted Polygonal Pressure-cooker Provocative
Passing Pesky Polyhedral Pressurized Prudent
Passionate Pessimistic Polymeric Prestigious Prudential
Passionless Pestering Polymorphic Presumptive Prussic
Passive Pestiferous Polytheistic Presynaptic Psionic
Past Pestilent Polytonal Pre-tax Psychic
Pastel Pestilential Polyvalent Pretend Pubic
Past-life Pet Pompous Pretentious Public
Pastoral Petite Ponderous Pretibial Pudgy
Pasty Petitionary Pontifical Pretrial Puerile
Patchy Petrified Pontine Pre-trial Puffy
Patent Pettish Poor Pretty Pulpy
Patentable Petty Poorer Prevailing Punchy
Pathetic Phasic Poorest Prevalent Punctilious
Pathless Phatic Poorly Preventable Punctual
Pathological Phenolic Pop Preventative Punctured
Patient Phenomenal Pop-eyed Preventive Pungent
Patriarchal Philippine Popish Previous Punic
Patrician Philological Popping Prevocational Punishable
Patrilineal Philosophic Poppy Prewar Purdy
Patrimonial Philosophical Popular Pre-war Pure
Patriotic Phobic Populist Priceless Purist
Patristic Phonemic Populous Pricey Purple
Patronal Phonetic Pop-up Prickly Purported
Patronizing Phonic Porcine Pricy Purposeful
Patterned Phony Porky Prim Purposefully
Peaceable Photographic Portable Primal Purposeless
Peaceful Photometric Portly Primary Purposive
Peachy Phreatic Posey Prime Purring
Peaked Phyletic Posh Primed Pursuant
Peaky Physical Positional Primitive Purulent
Pearly Physiologic Positive Princely Push-pull
Pear-shaped Picked Positivist Principal Pushy
Pea-sized Pickled Possessive Principled Putative
Pectoral Picky Possible Printable Putrid
Peculiar Pictorial Postoperative Prior Puzzled
Pedantic Piddling Post-operative Prismatic Puzzling
Pedestrian Piebald Post-punk Prissy
Pediatric Pied Postural Pristine


Final Thoughts

Adjectives are descriptive words that enlighten a reader of the quality, state, and attributes of a noun or pronoun. Use them to enrich your sentences and make them interesting to read.

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