All About Adjectives. -By Tracy Wills click here for sources used (right click to open hyperlinks). Green grass Four buttons Beautiful face Friendly people Noisy dishwasher Cold weather Four-year-old sister. Shocking news Many dogs His hat That table Favorite restaurant
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-By Tracy Wills
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LargehouseWhat is an Adjective?An adjective is a word that describes a nounHere are some examples: (the adjectives are red; the nouns are blue)
Your readers will get a better idea of what you wish them to picture when they read your writing.
It appeals to your readers’ senses so they can hear, see, touch, taste, and even smell what you’re describing.
It makes reading and writing much more fun.
It sets the tone for your writing.
You need to use them for descriptive papers.
Here are two sentences: one uses adjectives, one doesn’t. Which one allows you to see the picture better?
a. The rainforest contains flowers and plants that may help cure hospital patients.
b. The fresh, lush rainforest contains hundreds of bright, colorful flowers and healthy, green plants that may help cure many weak hospital patients.Why are adjectives important to use in writing?
As mentioned previously, more than one adjective may be stringed together
before the noun it (they) describes. When they do, they have a correct order they must
appear in, according to category.
1. Determiners — articles (a, an, the…) and other limiters. (click for definition of "'determiner")
2. Observation — postdeterminers (click for definition of "postdeterminer") and limiter adjectives (e.g., a real hero, a perfect idiot) and adjectives subject to subjective measure (e.g., beautiful, interesting)
3. Size and Shape — adjectives subject to objective measure (e.g., wealthy, large, round)
4. Age — adjectives denoting age (e.g., young, old, new, ancient)
5. Color — adjectives denoting color (e.g., red, black, pale)
6. Origin — denominal adjectives denoting source of noun (e.g., French, American, Canadian)
7. Material — denominal adjectives denoting what something is made of (e.g., woolen, metallic, wooden)
8. Qualifier — final limiter, often regarded as part of the noun (e.g., rocking chair, hunting cabin, passenger car, book cover). Order of adjectives taken directly from: http://ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/adjectives.htm
Example: The large, black, metallicrocking chair is in my room.
The adjectives in this sentence are in proper order.
click for an adjective ordering drag and drop exercise
Examples: My, your, his, her, its, our, their
Example in a sentence: The ballerina spins on her toes.
“Her” describes the word “toes,” telling us whose toes are being talked about.
Note that the possessive pronoun form “mine” is not used to modify a noun or noun phrase.
Examples: This, these, that, those, what
Example in a sentence: The sweaters are in that drawer.
“That” describes the word “drawer,” telling us which drawer is being talked aboutThere are seven main types of adjectives. Here they are:
Usually answers the question, “how much?”
But it doesn’t specify a particular quantity (like four or thirteen).
Examples: Many, any, few, all, some, each, every
Example sentence: “Many of my friends have pets.”
“Many” describes “friends,” letting us know approximately how many of the friends have pets.
They start with an “a” and describe nouns as normal.
The most common of these are: ablaze, afloat, afraid, aghast, alert, alike, alive, alone, aloof, ashamed, asleep, averse, awake, aware
They usually show up after a linking verb (like were, was, am).
They usually come after the noun they describe.
Example sentence: I was ashamed.
“Ashamed” describes “I” (myself) in this sentence.Indefinite and a-adjectives
http://www.ezschool.com/example/EZGames?Name=grammar (identification drill)
http://www.nonstopenglish.com/allexercises/kws.asp?Vocabulary=adjectives (interactive quizzes)
http://www.writingfix.com/forkids/adjectivegame.htm (uses writing)
http://www.nll.co.uk/self/java/adjwordelem.htm (an easy-mix letter game)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/revisewise/english/spelling/18_act.shtml (interactive adjective practice)
Thanks for reading and use those adjectives!Additional links to websites for more games and practice: