Unit 1.2

Adjectives used only in Attributive Position

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Adjectives are determiners that can be placed in two different positions within a sentence to modify or describe a person or a thing.

Some adjectives are only used in the attributive position.


Attributive adjectives are adjectives that appear only before nouns.

The most common attributive adjectives are: elder, little, live, main, mere…


  • His elder brother cancelled his wedding.
  • They have a little calendar.
  • We sell live seafood in the market every day.
  • This is the main problem at the moment.
  • He had a mere headache last night.


We use some adjectives only in attributive position to modify or describe a person or a thing.


When an adjective is placed before a noun, it is called an attributive adjective.

Some verbs are only attributive such as: elder, little, live, mainmere.

For example:
— “Their elder daughter got married.” / “Their daughter is elder than mine.” = Elder can only be used as an attributive adjective.
— “She has a little bed.”/ “Her bed is little.” = Little can only be used as an attributive adjective.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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