attributive position

Adjectives can be in different positions. video

  • 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 and Machen §67.



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

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