em 26 de Maio de 2019
Talking about your favourite park, beach or public place? Read our lesson on adjectives and find out how you can describe a place effectively.
Adjectives can be used to provide more information about nouns. So when you use adjectives to talk about your favourite place, it helps the listener form a better picture of what you are talking about.
"The Sydney Harbour is so beautiful and peaceful. Yet if you walk on the bridge, you will notice the place is bustling. I love this contrast."
Adjectives like 'beautiful', 'peaceful' and 'bustling' help you provide more information about the place to the listener.
'Beautiful' is a commonly used adjective that can be used to talk about something that is nice to look at.
"We once visited a beautiful place called Myponga Reservoir in South Australia."
We can also use it to talk about people in terms of how they look or their personality.
"He is a beautiful person. He is so kind and generous."
Take a look at this example:
"My favourite restaurant is beside one of the amazing coastal walking tracks that stretch along Perth's coastline."
'Amazing' and 'coastal' are adjectives. They tell us more about the walking tracks.
By reading the sentence above, we know that the walking tracks are along the coast and they are great.
Notice that adjectives tend to come before nouns. They can also come after the verb 'to be'.
Take a look at this sentence from Slava Vlasov, a member of the Learn English community:
"I think that nature is beautiful in all its forms."
How can we improve on that sentence using adjectives so that we can give the listener more information?
"I think that nature is beautiful in all its forms. I enjoy the wonderful landscapes as well as the fantastic views I see when I go for walks."
'Wonderful' and 'fantastic' are other adjectives used here that provide more information. They can be used when we want to say something is extremely good.
'Breathtaking', 'stunning' and 'well-known' are examples of adjectives we can use to describe a place.
'Breathtaking' can be used to talk about something that is extremely beautiful.
"I'm here at Sydney Harbour and, as you can see behind me, the view is just breathtaking."
"The Sydney Opera House is situated against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour."
'Well-known' can refer to something that is already quite widely known.
"The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's most well-known landmarks. It is the world's largest steel arch bridge, with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour."
Using the adjective 'largest' gives an indication of the size of the bridge.
'Scenic' is another useful adjective and it can be used to talk about a place that has beautiful scenery or natural features.
"You can take a scenic boat ride through the harbour to enjoy the views."
Nguyễn Phước from the Learn English community has used the adjectives 'beautiful' and 'scenic' to describe Australia:
"Australia is a very beautiful country and Sydney is so scenic! I love it so much and I really want to go there."