What Is an Adjective Phrase?
An adjective phrase (or adjectival phrase) is a phrase that tells us something about the noun it is modifying.
The head (principal) word in an adjective phrase will be an adjective.
1. In the examples below, the adjective phrase is underlined and the head word (i.e., the adjective) is in bold:
a) The nearby motel offers cheap but comfortable rooms.
(In this example, the head adjective starts the adjective phrase.)
b) These are unbelievably expensive shoes.
(In this example, the head adjective ends the adjective phrase.)
c) Sarah was fairly bored with you.
(In this example, the head adjective is in the middle of the adjective phrase.)
NOTE: Like a normal adjective, an adjective phrase can be used before the noun it is modifying (like in the first two examples above) or after the noun it is modifying (like in the last example).