adjectives: position

{adjective + noun subject + copula verb (be. seem, look etc) + adjective} Most adjectives can go in two places in a sentence: a. before a noun The new secretary doesn’t like me. She married a rich businessman b. after a ‘copula verb’ (be, seem, look, appear, feel and some other verbsThat dress is new,isn’t…

adjectives: order

Before a noun, we put adjectives in a fixed order. The exact rules are very complicated (and not very well understood). Here are the most important rules: Adjectives of colour, origin (where something comes from), material (what it is made of) and purpose (what it is for) go in that order. colour origin material purpose…


Actual means ‘real’; actually means ‘really’ or ‘in fact’. We often use them to correct mistakes and misunderstandings, or when we say something unexpected or surprising. The book says he was 47 when he died, but his actual age was 43. ‘Hello, John. Nice to see you again.’ Actually, my name’s Andy.’ ‘Do you like…

above and over

Above and over can both mean ‘higher than’. A B A is above/over B. The snow came up above/over our knees. There s a spider on the ceiling just above/over your head. We use above when one thing is not directly over another. We’ve got a little house above the lake. A is above B….

about to

[ be + about + to-infinitive ] If you are about to do something, you are going to do it very soon. Don’t go out now – we’re about to have supper. I was about to go to bed when the telephone rang.