Proper Adjectives

A proper adjective is an adjective that begins with an initial capital letter. Proper adjectives are derived from proper nouns.

In the following examples, proper nouns are in bold:

  • He was a German physist.
  • The Canadian government strongly opposed the change.
  • This region was formerly populated by Indiantribes.

Forming proper adjectives may be a little difficult at first, because the derivation of proper adjectives from proper nouns is somewhat irregular:

Proper Noun ProperAdjective
Canada Canadian
Germany German
Mexico Mexican
America American
Victoria Victorian

Many proper adjectives end with an or ian. However, other endings are also used, as indicated below.

Proper Noun ProperAdjective
England English
France French
China Chinese