Grammar Is Easy: Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives

July 13, 2017 - Priscila Pereira


Hey, friends! How are you today?

In this post, I would like to talk about 3 important types of words in English: nouns, verbs, and adjectives! This is a very basic grammar point, but it is so important. I have seen many students get confused about nouns and verbs and even adjectives. So, I will teach you in the post the definition of each one and at the end of the post, I will give you some exercises, alright? I would love to see your answers in the comments. Let’s do this!


A noun is a word that can be a thing, a person, an animal or a place. For example a doctor (a doctor is a person), a cat (a cat is an animal) a hospital (a hospital is a place) a table (table is a thing or object). Let’s see some phrases with nouns:

I have a cell phone (cell phone is a noun. It is a thing, an object)

I don’t like carrots (carrot is a type of vegetable. It is a thing)

I go to school (a school is a place)

In English, nouns can have both singular and plural forms. I will talk about the plural of nouns in a different post since there are many rules. Stay tuned, I will talk about it soon!


An adjective is a word that gives quality to the noun.  The adjective modifies or describes the noun. For example a beautiful garden (beautiful is the adjective/the quality and garden is the noun, which is a place) a black cat (black is the adjective/the quality  and cat  is the noun, in this case, an animal),  a tall man (tall is the adjective/the quality and man is the noun, in this case, man is a person)

One important thing you need to know about adjectives is that you use adjectives in a specific position. The adjective goes before the noun.  In some languages, the adjective, the quality has a different position, but not in English. In English, the adjective goes before.  Let’s see some phrases

I want to buy a long dress (long is before dress)

This is a new restaurant (new is before restaurant)

Now, look at this example:

The teacher is happy

In this case, you have the word teacher (the noun) and then happy (the adjective). Many students get confused in this case because we learn that the adjective goes before the noun. This case is different because you are using the verb to be to connect the ideas, so because of this, because you are connecting the ideas, it is possible to do that.

This book IS new (I’m connecting the ideas with verb to be. I’m describing the quality of the book)


A verb is a word that describes actions. It describes an experience, an activity for example run, eat, drink, sleep. Verbs are very important because if we don’t use verbs, it is difficult to make phrases, so we need them all the time! Verbs are used to describe activities in the present, past, future and because of that you sometimes change the way you write and speak these verbs. Let’s see some examples

I study English (I – is my person or pronoun, English is a noun or a thing and study  is the action)

I watch movies (movie is the noun or a thing and watch is the action)

I dance jazz (jazz is the noun or a thing and dance is the action)

The teacher reads books (teacher is the noun/person, book is also a noun and read is the action)

Now, do you understand why It is so important to know verbs, nouns, and adjectives? Because we use them all the time in sentences.


It’s time to practice. I will leave you some exercises and I want to see your answers in the comments, ok?


Exercise 1.  Read the sentences and write what the words in bold are (noun, adjective or verb?).

Example:  I need a house  – verb

  1. She is a teacher _________
  2. The books are on the table ________
  3. She is a student ________
  4. This is an expensive car ________
  5. The ambulance is far ________
  6. The kids are tired ________
  7. This book is boring ________
  8. I want to travel next year ________
  9. He wants to be a firefighter ________
  10. Can you see the old lady? ________
  11. The school is very far ________
  12. Jack bought new toys ________
  13. She never calls me ________
  14. She has two dogs ________


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Priscila Pereira

Starbucks and TV Series lover: juggling with teaching, blogging, and a YouTube life! I’m teacher Prix and I want to help you talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime in English! This blog is for English speakers who are looking for an effective blog. Get inspired by hundreds of different posts for all English levels, so that you can finally learn English easily and effectively on the internet.

4 thoughts on “Grammar Is Easy: Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives

  • Alejandro Valadez

    July 13, 2017 at 12:47

    I like simple lesson, it’s so easy to learn a retain the info, thanks teacher Prix, I love your lessons so much

    • Priscila Pereira

      July 13, 2017 at 21:42

      Hi Alejandro! How are you? I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for leaving your comment 🙂

    • NEO

      March 12, 2018 at 04:08

      Here’s my answer please check it for me and correct my mistakes..

      1. noun
      2. noun
      3. verb
      4. adjective
      5. noun
      6. adjective
      7. adjective
      8. verb
      9. noun
      10. adjective
      11. noun
      12. adjective
      13. adjective
      14. verb

  • dani

    July 19, 2017 at 10:34

    “Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post! It is the little changes which will make the greatest changes. Thanks for sharing!”


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