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Improve Your Punctuation

Improve Your Punctuation

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Adjectives are words which modify nouns or pronouns. A

noun by itself can be very stark. It also does not always

provide enough information. If you ask in a shop for

oranges, you do not need to describe them but if you need

help in buying a coat, you will have to give more informa-

tion. Adjectives will be required to describe it:

blue long red short thick thin

When writing, adjectives can add colour to your sentences

and enable you to paint a picture with words. They are

always related to a noun or pronoun and the most common

ones are those which describe some quality in a person or

thing.

Positioning your adjective

Adjectives can be placed before the noun, as in the following

sentences:

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She was wearing a blue dress.

They had a delicious meal.

The clever boy passed his exams.

Listing the adjectives

If there is a list of adjectives before the noun, separate them

with commas.

She was wearing a blue, flowered dress.

They had a huge, delicious meal.

The clever, little boy passed his exams.

You are a very naughty, disobedient, mischievous boy.

Ending the sentence

Adjectives can also be placed at the end of the sentence

following the verb.

Her essay was excellent.

The sky grew dark.

The leaves turned brown.

If there is a list of adjectives at the end of the clause,

remember that the last one must be preceded by ‘and’.

The lecturer was handsome, kind, gentle and good-

natured.

The book was readable, humorous and well-written.

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