The structure of adjective phrases. Kuiper and Allan Chapter 7.1.4 . Adjective phrase. Examples a. quite old b. moderately expensive c. quite moderately long in the arms. Representing the structure of adjective phrases. adjective phrase. adjective. adverb phrase. degree adverb.
Kuiper and Allan Chapter 7.1.4
a. quite old
b. moderately expensive
c. quite moderately long in the arms
The choice between attributive and predicative adjectives can have an impact on descriptive writing. Look, for example, at the following description of an Icelandic warrior.
...he was tall, strong, and skilled in arms, even-tempered and very shrewd, ruthless with his enemies and always reliable in matters of importance.
from Njal's Saga
translated by Magnus Magnusson and Hermann Pálsson
Identify the adjective phrases in the following passage and underline their heads.
In other ways he was a very hard man. He was big and rather clumsy-looking, with big heavy bones and long flat muscles, and he had a big, expressionless, broken-nosed face. Yet he moved with surprising ease and silence as well as having a gift for stillness.
from A Soldier's Tale
by M.K. Joseph