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PARTS OF SPEECH: ADJECTIVES

Understanding and Identifying Adjectives


An adjective is a word that modifies a noun or a pronoun. It usually comes before the nouns it modifies. It can be a word, a phrase, or a clause. (See other resources for more information about adjective phrases and clauses.) Adjectives answer these five questions: hich one! "#ample: I bou$ht t at coat. %ote: &nly four adjectives answer this question: this, that, these, and those. hat 'ind (of)! "#ample: (e li'es !at"ea# coo'ies. (ow many! "#ample: T$! boys tied for first place in the race. (ow much! "#ample: Is there en!%g bread! hose! "#ample: &inda's teacher e)mailed her about er essay. %ote: Her is called a possessive adjective but may also be called a possessive pronoun. An adjective may be c!""!n or (r!(er) A (r!(er adjective is an adjective is formed from a proper noun. It always be$ins with a capital letter: "#amples: *er"an food, Eng#is $rammar *he artic#es a, an, and the are a special class of adjectives. *hey si$nal that a noun is comin$.

+irections: ,nderline each adjective: -. *his old computer is worthless. .. e haven/t heard a funny jo'e recently. 0. *his windy weather leads to many fallen trees. 1. *he wealthy ladies bou$ht e#pensive jewelry in every store. 2. *he frustrated, e#hausted hunters wal'ed on. 3. She is my favorite cousin. 4. *he e#cited child ran alon$ the busy sidewal'. 5. e sat in the first row of seats. 6. *hese two blue pens will not write. -7. 8elsey served "n$lish muffins for brunch. --. ill you finish these chores, please! -.. *hree lar$e raccoons ate quic'ly at our empty campsite. -0. *he petty thief entered stealthily. -1. *he $eolo$ist drove that old truc' to the dry la'e bed. -2. *he famous chef served Italian meatballs. -3. Shelly ate her cold pi99a in the mornin$. -4. +o you li'e hot or mild peppers! -5. "d$ar served :rench bread for lunch.
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