These types of adjectives specify or limit the noun.
An adjective that limits a noun; they include definite articles, indefinite articles, possessive adjectives, demonstrative adjectives, indefinite adjectives, interrogative adjectives, cardinal adjectives, ordinal adjectives, proper adjectives and nouns used as adjectives.
[In the following examples, the adjective is bold and the noun is underlined.]
The two teams have met every season since 1932.
- TWO tells us how many TEAMS and EVERY tells us how many SEASONS.
- Note: It does not describe the teams; it tells us which ones to limit our attention to.
Saturday, Oregon plays USC before what should be a sellout crowd.
- SELLOUT tells us what size of crowd. A specific number would also be limiting.
Did Garret see this article that appeared in the paper?
- THIS indicates which “limited” article.
- Note: In this sentence, THIS is NOT a demonstrative pronoun.
Will you be sitting at the captain’s table this evening?
- CAPTAIN’S limits what table we are considering.
- Note: This type of possessive is called a possessive noun.
This season, the two are meeting on a home-and-home basis, unusual for non-conference rivals.
- HOME-AND-HOME limits the basis for meeting.
- Note: We use hyphens to connect words that work together to modify the noun.
NOTE: This is a fairly limited (no pun intended) discussion of adjectives so as requested, a more in-depth discussion of the types of limiting adjectives with examples can be found here.