attributive adjective

  • An adjective in predicate position is called a “predicate adjective”;    e.g.   the word is good
  • An adjective in attributive position is called an “attributive adjective”;     e.g.   the good word…


An adjective in predicate position will be anarthrous and be the complement of a linking verb. If attributive, then the adjective will be articular.  Study chapter 9 in BBG.  Note how the adjectives in these examples are articular (and hence in attributive position):

the good word ἀγαθὸς λόγος τὸν ἀγαθὸν λόγον ὁ λόγος ὁ ἀγαθός τὸν λόγον τὸν ἀγαθόν

Note how the adjective in these examples  is anarthrous (and therefore in predicate position)

ὁ λόγος ἐστὶν ἀγαθός ὁ λόγος ἀγαθός  ἀγαθὸς ὁ λόγος

Much more on this is in GGBB p306.


See here or watch these videos for attributivepredicate, and substantival uses of the adjective.

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