Adjectival Nouns

Adjectival Nouns

An adjectival noun is an adjective that functions as a noun.

Before we give examples of adjectival nouns, let's see what nouns and adjectives refer to.

Nouns vs Adjectives

A noun is a part of speech that is used to name a person, place, thing, quality, or action.

An adjective is another part of speech which gives us more information about nouns. Adjectives modify nouns.


Adjectives Nouns
  • Poor
  • Long
  • Ugly
  • Considerable
  • Bad
  • John
  • River
  • Table
  • Courage
  • Wrok

Nominalization of Adjectives

It is sometimes possible that adjectives, by the process of nominalization, become adjectival nouns. That is, these adjectives function very much like nouns.

Consider the following examples:

  • The ugly is coming.
  • The other is different.
  • The bad always loses
  • The rich must help the poor.

The words ugly, other, bad, rich in the above examples function as adjectival nouns.

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