French bread is from France, but french fries are not.
Proper adjectives are just like proper . They start with a capitalized letter. French starts with a capital letter so we know it is a proper form. To know whether it is a noun or an adjective, just look at the word after it. The word after it is bread which is a noun. Therefor, French is a proper adjective.
- Look for a word capitalized first letter.
- Look at the word after it and know if it is a noun.
- If it is a noun, then it is a proper adjective.
Example: I want to write a story with a Shakespearean tragedy . Shakespearean = adjective tragedy = noun
People like China because it promotes the Orwellian culture . Orwellian = adjective culture = noun China is a proper noun, not a proper adjective. China doesn’t describe anything/anyone.
There are also times when the word after it is not a noun. To know if it is a proper adjective, just look for a common adjective and insert the word you have chosen between the c.a. and the noun (remove the remaining words).
Example: The politician gave a great speech but it was very Orwellian . The politician gave a great Orwellian speech .