Predicative Position Of Adjectives
- She is beautiful.
- Our house is small.
- This car is new, isn’t it?
- She looked tired.
- I felt sorry for her.
- The fish tasted awful.
- I was surprised to hear the news.
- She seemed upset.
Adjectives used only in predicative position
1. Some adjectives beginning with the letter ‘a-‘ are used mainly in predicative position.
Examples are: afraid, afloat, alight, alike, alive, alone, asleep, awake etc.
Before nouns we use other words.
- The baby fell asleep.
- The deer saw a sleeping tiger. (NOT… saw an asleep tiger.)
- He is afraid.
- He is a frightened man. (NOT…an afraid man.)
2. The adjectives ill and well are most common in predicative position.
Before a noun, we use other words.
- She is ill.
- He is an unhealthy child. (NOT… an ill child.)
- Who looks after the sick people? (NOT…ill people.)
- She speaks English well.
- I can speak good English. (NOT…well English.)