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"Funky" is an adjective but it is it a particular type of adjective? It's certainly not comparative or demonstrative. I have looked it up but all I can find is that it is an adjective.

  • The "comparative adjectives" would be funkier and funkiest. English has very few "demonstrative adjectives" (This sentence starts with a demonstrative adjective, whereas *this is more properly a demonstrative pronoun). Most adjectives are just "adjectives". – FumbleFingers Apr 20 '17 at 17:46
  • What kind of adjective is red, bumpy, tall etc? – Jim Apr 20 '17 at 17:46
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    @FumbleFingers I'd go so far as to say that English has no demonstrative adjectives. This sentence starts with a demonstrative determiner. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 20 '17 at 18:56
  • @Janus: Yes, if you're prepared to divide English words into a larger number of categories. But just working from the basic definition the function of an adjective is to modify a noun or pronoun, it's not unreasonable to lump determiners in with adjectives (where adverb = pretty much every other small & "awkward" category). – FumbleFingers Apr 21 '17 at 13:42
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Depending on how it is used, it is either an attributive or a predicative adjective.

It is an attributive adjective if it is used as: a funky X.

It is a predicative adjective if it is used as: X is funky.

Further reading: Oxford Dictionary on attributive and predicative adjectives.

  • Attributive and predicative are not really types of adjective, but uses of them. Similarly, in “Susan saw the dog”, Susan and the dog are used as subject and object, respectively; but they are not ‘subject nouns’ or ‘object nouns’. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 20 '17 at 18:58
  • Funky in his retro smoking-jacket, Aloysius leaned on the bar is an absolute usage. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 20 '17 at 23:31

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