What are the grammatical terms to describe the two different ways of using the adjective "beautiful" in these two sentences?

  1. The beautiful girl
  2. The girl is beautiful

If I explain the concept of using the adjective in these two sentences, what are the grammatical terms or ways of explaining these two? I want to explain this grammar point in another language, so I want to know a way to explain the difference between these two.

  • Have you researched this? Google "simple sentences".
    – Astralbee
    Oct 15, 2021 at 11:40
  • Sorry if my question is not clear. I'm asking how to explain the adjective "beautiful" in these two sentences. I'll make this post more clear.
    – Yang
    Oct 15, 2021 at 12:02

1 Answer 1


In the first sentence, the adjective is attributive.

(of the position or use of an adjective, noun, or phrase) before a noun:
In "a sudden movement", "sudden" is an adjective in the attributive position.
In "the television aerial", "television" is a noun used in an attributive way.

In the second sentence, it is predicative.

(in grammar, especially of adjectives or phrases) following a verb:
In the sentence "She is happy", "happy" is a predicative adjective.

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