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Adjective vs. Verb: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on January 14, 2024
Adjective is a word used to describe or modify a noun. Verb is a word used to express an action, occurrence, or state of being.

Key Differences

An adjective is a part of speech that describes, identifies, or quantifies a noun or a pronoun. In contrast, a verb is a part of speech that indicates action, occurrence, or a state of being. While adjectives provide details about the features or qualities of nouns, verbs indicate what the subject is doing or experiencing.
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Jan 14, 2024
Adjectives are used to add color, size, shape, and various qualitative aspects to nouns. Verbs, on the other hand, are vital in forming the predicate of a sentence, illustrating what is happening. Adjectives modify nouns to make them more specific, whereas verbs are central to expressing the action or state of the nouns.
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Jan 14, 2024
In a sentence, adjectives can appear before the noun they modify or after a linking verb. In contrast, verbs are positioned according to the subject and tense of the sentence, often following the subject. Adjectives enhance the noun's description, while verbs drive the sentence's action or state.
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Jan 14, 2024
Adjectives can have comparative and superlative forms to indicate degrees of the quality. Verbs can be conjugated in various tenses to depict time and aspect of the action or state. The role of adjectives is to enrich the noun's meaning, while verbs are crucial in indicating time, process, and action.
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Jan 14, 2024
Adjectives do not change to agree with the number, gender, or case of the nouns they describe. Verbs, however, change form to agree with the subject in number and sometimes gender. Adjectives remain constant in form, providing stable attributes to nouns, whereas verbs are dynamic, changing with the subject and tense.
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Jan 14, 2024
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Comparison Chart

Function in a Sentence

Describes or modifies a noun
Expresses action, occurrence, or state
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Position

Typically before a noun or after a linking verb
Follows the subject; position varies with tense
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Forms

Can have comparative and superlative forms
Conjugated in various tenses
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Agreement with Nouns

Does not change for number, gender, or case
Changes form to agree with the subject in number (and sometimes gender)
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Role

Enhances the description of a noun
Indicates the action, state, or process in a sentence
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Adjective and Verb Definitions

Adjective

A word that describes a noun or pronoun.
The sky is a brilliant blue today.
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Dec 20, 2023

Verb

A word that expresses action.
She runs every morning.
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Dec 20, 2023

Adjective

Can indicate the quantity of nouns.
There are several books on the table.
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Dec 20, 2023

Verb

Indicates the state of being.
He is a teacher.
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Dec 20, 2023

Adjective

Used to add information about size, color, shape, or other qualities.
She wore a long, red dress.
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Dec 20, 2023

Verb

Used to show occurrence or happenings.
It rained heavily last night.
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Dec 20, 2023

Adjective

Often used before nouns to add specific details.
The noisy crowd cheered loudly.
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Dec 20, 2023

Verb

Can be conjugated to show tense, mood, and voice.
They have completed their work.
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Adjective

Can appear after linking verbs to describe the subject.
The flowers smell fragrant.
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Dec 20, 2023

Verb

Forms the main part of the predicate of a sentence.
The cat sleeps on the sofa.
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Adjective

The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, qualifying, or specifying and distinguished in English morphologically by one of several suffixes, such as -able, -ous, -er, and -est, or syntactically by position directly preceding a noun or nominal phrase.
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Dec 19, 2023

Verb

The part of speech that expresses existence, action, or occurrence in most languages.
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Adjective

Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as white in the phrase a white house.
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Verb

Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, as be, run, or conceive.
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FAQs

Can adjectives be used without nouns?

Typically, no; they modify nouns or pronouns.
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Jan 14, 2024

Do adjectives have tenses?

No, adjectives do not have tenses.
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Jan 14, 2024

Can verbs be in a sentence without a noun?

Yes, as in commands or requests.
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Jan 14, 2024

Are adjectives necessary in a sentence?

Not always, but they provide more detail.
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Jan 14, 2024

Can an adjective come after the noun it describes?

Yes, especially after linking verbs.
Janet White
Jan 14, 2024

Do verbs always agree with the subject?

Yes, in number and sometimes in gender.
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Jan 14, 2024

Are all verbs action words?

Not all; some verbs express a state of being.
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Jan 14, 2024

Do adjectives change according to the gender of the noun?

In English, they do not change for gender.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 14, 2024

Can adjectives be used as adverbs?

Some can, but often with different forms.
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Jan 14, 2024

Can verbs change their form?

Yes, verbs change form based on tense and subject.
Harlon Moss
Jan 14, 2024

Do verbs indicate the time of action?

Yes, through different tenses.
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Jan 14, 2024

Are there verbs that don’t show action?

Yes, like "is" or "seem," showing a state.
Janet White
Jan 14, 2024

Do adjectives have opposites?

Yes, like "hot" and "cold."
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Jan 14, 2024

Are verbs essential in every sentence?

Yes, to form a complete thought.
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Jan 14, 2024

Are there different types of adjectives?

Yes, including descriptive, quantitative, and demonstrative.
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Jan 14, 2024

Are there irregular verbs?

Yes, like "go" and "went."
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Jan 14, 2024

Can verbs be in passive form?

Yes, like "was done."
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Jan 14, 2024

Can a verb function as a noun?

Yes, in the form of a gerund.
Janet White
Jan 14, 2024

How many adjectives can modify a single noun?

Multiple, as long as they make sense together.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 14, 2024

Can adjectives form superlatives?

Yes, like "tallest" or "smartest."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 14, 2024
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