Lies Your Grammar Teacher Told You: Nouns and Adjectives
Notional grammars define adjectives as 'words that describe nouns.' Big, cute, green, small, and wonky are prototypical adjectives. In big bully, The baby is cute, and I painted the wall green, each adjective describes a noun. Big describes the noun bully, cute describes the noun baby, and green describes the noun wall. However, stating that all words that describe nouns are adjectives is unequivocally wrong. Nouns Versus Adjectives The line between grammatical forms is blurry at best, especially among lexical categories. As closed classes that do not readily accept new member, functional categories such as pronoun, preposition, determiner, and conjunction