Adjective phrases – Concept, function, structure and examples

We explain what adjective phrases are and their differences with subjective subordinate sentences. Also, its structure and examples.

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Adjective phrases are used to attribute characteristics to a noun.

What are adjectival phrases?

Adjective phrases are the sets of words whose nucleus of meaning is a qualifying adjective, since they serve to attribute characteristics to a noun that may or may not be present in the sentence. They should not be confused with adjectival subordinate clauses, generally introduced with the nexus “that”, since a phrase is traditionally a sentence without a verb.

In Spanish, adjective phrases can be formed according to two different structures:

  • Adverb + Adjective (A + A). For example: “potentially harmful” or “sadly alone.”
  • Adjective + Complement (A + C). For example: “full of hubbub” or “tired of living”.

See also: Single-member sentences

Examples of adjective phrases

Other examples of adjective phrases are as follows:

  • Very accurate (A + A), as in “That shot was not very accurate
  • More original (A + A), as in “We are looking for a work more original
  • Probably wrong (A + A), as in “An argument probably wrong
  • Something sad (A + A), as in “My aunt was Something sad in the morning”
  • Tremendously boring (A + A), as in “Mirta’s boyfriend is tremendously boring
  • Too small (A + A), as in “My shoe doesn’t fit, it’s too small
  • Deeply regretful (A + A), as in “Forgive me, I’m deeply regretful
  • Ready to go (A + C), as in “The boy, Ready to go, I was waiting for you “
  • Short of air (A + C), as in “We reached the top, short of air, and we sat down “
  • Great for you (A + C), as in “The dress arrived, big for you
  • Far from here (A + C), as in “Let’s go far from here
  • Tired of waiting (A + C), as in “One day, sick of waiting, I decided to continue my way “
  • Happy from life (A + C), as in “And they kept dancing, happy life, Until sunrise”
  • Marked with a red mark (A + C), as in “Marked with a red mark, the houses were waiting for the demolition team ”.