Descriptive/Narrative Essay Trouble Spots. Commas with two or more coordinate adjectives. Use a comma to separate two or more coordinate adjectives—adjectives that have equal status when describing the noun
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Use a comma to separate two or more coordinate adjectives—adjectives that have equal status when describing the noun
TEST: Can you insert “and” OR rearrange the adjectives and have the sentence still make sense?
He was a difficult stubborn child.
They lived in a white frame house.
She often wore a gray wool shawl.
The relentless powerful summer sun beat down on them.
Use a hyphen to join two or more words serving as a single adjective before a noun.
A one-way street
A well-known author
However, DON’T hyphenate compound modifiers when they come after the noun.
The author was well known.
The peanuts were chocolate covered.
Examples of Modifiers:
Misplaced Modifier: When the subject of the modifier is unclear because the modifier is misplaced, usually it is too far from the noun being modified.
Ways to correct these errors:
Illustrate each sentence as it is written.
Write the incorrect sentence at the bottom of your illustration.
Then, correct your sentence and write the new version under the incorrect one.
BE PREPARED TO SHARE!
Now, trade papers and look for these errors in a partner’s piece.
Highlight any errors with commas and coordinating adjectives in GREEN.
Highlight any errors with hyphens in PINK.
Highlight any dangling or misplaced modifiers in YELLOW.
Please write this key on your partner’s paper.
Provide ONE piece of positive feedback on their IDEAS.
Provide ONE piece of constructive criticism with a suggestion for improvement on their IDEAS.