Adjectives With Verbs

How are adjectives used with verbs?

There are times when an adjective is placed after the verb. This is more common when the verb being used is a "linking verb". In this case it is common that an adjective is used with with the "linking verb", but the adjective doesn't describe the verb. The adjective descrives the subject that is performing the action. Adjectives are not used to describe the verb.


  • The cake looks good.
  • Your hair looks great. Where did you get your hair cut.
  • My mother lost her keys.
  • The boys play ball all the time.

When using a adjectives and verb together, the adjectives comes after the verb. There are times when one adjective is not enough to describe the noun or the subject that is performing the action. When 2 or more adjectives are used together then there is a specific order of the adjectives that is usually followed. Please see multiple adjectives.

It is importatnt is understand if an adjective is need or if a adverb is needed. There is an easy way to tell. Do I need to define the verb of the sentnece or do I need to define the subject that is performing the action.


  • Your hair grew slowly.
  • The dog grew angry.
  • The boys talk loudly.
  • My brother talks big.