Most adjectives go in two main places in a sentence: before a noun or after linking verbs like be, look, feel, seem, etc.
When you use an adjective before a noun, the adjective is in the attributive position.
We had a delicious meal.
She gave a wonderful speech.
When you use an adjective after the verb be or a linking verb (e.g. look, feel, taste, seem), the adjective is in the predicative position.
Her speech was wonderful.
The meal tasted delicious.
Some adjectives are only attributive – you can only use them before nouns.
her late husband
an atomic bomb
the entire evening
an indoor swimming pool
Some adjectives are only predicative – you can only use them after verbs.
The baby is asleep.
He felt very ashamed.
Adjectives can also go after the object of a sentence, in the structure: verb + object + adjective.
We’ve painted the bedroom yellow.
The news made her sad.
I’ll get the room ready for our guests.
Sometimes, adjectives with similar meanings behave in different ways grammatically.
• Her husband is sick.
• She is looking after her sick husband.
• Her husband is ill.
✗ Don't say: She is looking after her ill husband.