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DESCRIPTIVE GRAMMAR ADJECTIVES

Form adjectives using appropriate suffixes:
war hand side cumber trust irk love

lady trouble fear blame quarrel sea awe

air loathe maiden meddle life lone business

sugar paper beast respect deceit valour winter

man vapour monster spirit cow event

Form sentences with the following adjectives:

delicious frightened good-looking lonely mere sheer

complete utter total downright afraid alike

alone asleep well

Classify the following adjectives as central or peripheral:

wonderful surprising angry asleep young homeless

Identify each adjective and state how it was formed:
1. It is useful to review some of the major classifications of motivation theories.
2. It was interesting.
3. The more cycles per second, the higher you go in the so-called spectrum of frequencies.
4. With the lime juice, the drink has a sort of pale greenish-yellowish, misty look.
5. Let’s go somewhere you guys know that’s good and cheap.

Explain the difference in meaning between:

A pretty intelligent girl a pretty, intelligent girl
The stars visible the visible stars
John is American John is very American
My dress is less expensive than Barbara’s my dress is cheaper than Barbara’s

Discuss the difference in meaning:

1. The meeting was full of concerned residents. The students concerned were a small minority.
2. I’m afraid we have opposite points of view. We used to live in the house opposite.
3. The present chairman is getting on a bit. We took a vote of all members present.
4. Responsible parents have been outraged by this show. The person responsible will be caught and punished.
5. He gave us a ridiculously involved excuse. The president gave medals to all those involved.
6. She has a talking parrot. Have you heard her parrot talking?
7. It wasn’t a proper meeting. The meeting proper began at 9.
8. I have a friend living in London. She has no living relatives.
9. She has an elder brother. Her brother is elderly.

Discuss the difference in meaning between the following:
The late queen She is late The lawful heir It is quite lawful
Complete nonsense The work is complete We are accustomed to hard work. His accustomed manner.
I’m fond of him. fond memories A conscious rudeness. I was conscious of the danger.
It is fraught with danger. A rather fraught evening. Christian martyrs not very Christian behaviour

. 15. huge. The boat has an aluminum and glass-fibre unique hull. The book is bound to appeal to fascinated by crime readers. He is none the bad for the experience. rich a figurine Japanese.. hale and .. I’m afraid the city was noisy though overcrowded. 22.. We comforted the afraid children after their terrifying ordeal. 10.. The inscription on the tomb was indecipherable.. ambitious woman A large modern rectangular black box 2. fantastic. They’ve just bought a little Persian beautiful cat. 20. 2.. pink story incredible. 11.. freezing. 7.. paralysed. quiet food indigestible. extinct.. Mexican Comment on the rules of the order of adjectives in the following: 1. square a household well-ordered.. porcelain. A new form of licensing is the proposed by parliament solution. I feel badly when there are fluctuations in temperature.. 3. 12. Many of the Inca ceremonies were bloodthirsty... 18. Living in Scotland viewers may experience poor reception due to weather conditions. Tall anyone will find these seats cripplingly uncomfortable. Dieter had always wanted a sports German expensive car. They say that English are cold. These days mobile phones are inexpensive. 26.... ugly Use the words below to make the adjectives in each sentence either stronger or weaker: a bit absolutely fabulously fairly highly slightly somewhat very virtually Weaker: 1. That documentary about racism was truly horrified.. attractive.. No punishment is severe enough for the responsible person for these crimes. reserved and crazy about the Royal Family. 5. correct.. We can seat up to ten people at our dining oval mahogany table.. 2. We are an action group acting on behalf of parents who are lone. 14. French a chair valuable..Explain the difference between: last – latest silver – silvery readable – legible lead – leaden farther – further older – elder eatable – edible gold – golden – gilt earthen – earthy – earthly Arrange the adjectives or phrases in the correct order: a hand bag brown. 24. 23. An attractive. Take care when you change gear. good. minute. This was the taken route by the original explorers... dead. They’ve chosen a blue yellow colour scheme for the kitchen. large. 5. 6.. The herbal shampoo smells nicely.. The injured bird appeared to have a breaking wing. A peculiar antediluvian monster A sudden loud ear-splitting crash Correct mistakes: 1. 13. Steve’s sister is absolutely intelligent. ghost hat broad-brimmed. . cold.. 4.. Group the following adjectives into gradable and ungradable ones: amazing.. 25. 9. big.. 21...... After two months with no rain the grass is slightly dead. expensive. antique a table oak. interesting.. 3. shy. gentle but friendly personality. exciting.. The Silesian University Library will be closed until farther notice. The dress I bought yesterday is damaged.. sick. 4. It was difficult because we had to choose between two alike alternatives.. 16... He is safe and . attractive. Sylvia had a warm. alive and . fascinating. The wealthies seem to have all the power in our capitalist societies. enormous. German. the gearstick’s stiff. 17. delicate. 19.. 8.

The madness was sheer. Everyone in our class likes Jackie – she’s dead friendly. 10. as the hills as …………as a lion as ………. as ABC as ………. (involved) 5.. (sensitive) 10. The ambassador would be very delighted to accept this honour on behalf of the President. as sin as ………. 15. You have a ready dinner. 6. (suitable for a rocky terrain) Insert adjectives to complete the following comparisons: as ………. We thought the state rooms in the White House were real impressive.. as a mule as ……….. (responsible for recruitment) 8.... Correct the use of adjectives in the following sentences (some are ok): 1. 6. so I’ve only got six seats left to offer you. All students should apply to the bursar’s office before the end of the term.. as a rock as ………. Victory in our next game seems unlikely. as a bell as ………. (concerned) 11. as a feather as ………... This is the principal argument. That beginner is mere. 5.. I’m afraid six o’clock is the only appointment.Stronger: 1.. as a new pin .. We have maximum security here. as a March hare as ………. (opposite) 9. as gold as ………. If you were really serious about your studies... He had an alone sensation.. Don’t worry about getting receipts. 7. as a door-nail as ………. 2. the amounts are very small. as honey as …………. as leather as ………. The tour bus is completely full. The state of affairs is unlikely to continue for much longer... Come on.. (inexplicable) 4. 2. He had an ashamed feeling. Make sure you are wearing shoes before you set out. Let’s get some of those Italian ice creams – I’m very famished. They’ve started having late night parties in the apartment. There was something about her behaviour.. 7. as a picture as ………. (available) 6. Those are afraid people. as lightning as ………. I’m afraid the person is on holiday at the moment. That’s a ridiculous idea. as snow as ………. as a berry as………. Anyone would be deeply offended by that harrowing documentary.. The cost factor is chief. 5. 3. you would have given up that evening job.. 8. There was nothing in the book.. That was a silly comment. Jane’s flat was freezing last night.. the fridge is very empty... as a peacock as ………. 4. Lizzie. Jack was a very built man with massive shoulders and a menacing stare..as pitch as………. 3. 4. as a daisy as ………. Identify mistakes in the following sentences: 1. 2. Hilary’s husband is rich. You have very alike children. (interested in the grant) 3. as a church mouse as ……….. I found the funeral ceremony absolutely moving. as a sheet as ………. 11. The pool we’re building is indoor.. 13.. as a flash as ………. as a poker as ………. 9. 10. Indicate the correct position for the words in brackets: 1. as ice as ………. as vinegar as ………. (original) 2. as the ocean as ………. 9. 12. They gave an explanation which simply served to confuse the jury. as steel as ………. as a ghost as ………. 4. 8.. as a mill-pond as ………. He’s my ill brother.. We chose the hotel because it was very recommended by our neighbours. The village post office is local. as a hunter as ………. as a lord as ………… as a judge as ………. 14. I’m afraid there’s nothing to eat. (present) 7. This new computer game sounds interesting. as a horse as ……….. 3. as dust as ……….

her intent .......change friendly .... ATM.......our choice a bit tough .becoming a star reliant ... E......life convinced.....headaches quick.....medication accustomed . authority deaf ....... A.persuasion averse ..reality distinct .history/thought indicative .......imagination covered .getting his own way beholden ..morphine confident ..........belief bent . D.......money conversant ....... VIP.....the facts ... Foley.... Willim..........each other immune ........reacting prone......the audience happy ... E. Proficiency Masterclass..........my ability covered ...the performance distressed ...the president tinged .vengeance clear .... AC/DC Match the following adjectives with nouns to show their objective and subjective meanings: castle chance attitude state of sanitation city wool mediaeval pure provincial Match the adjectives with the nouns to show non-inherent meanings: eater sleeper wish friends singer good beautiful light dying sound Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions or other form: angry .his state of health set............. Advanced Expert CAE......................revision inclined ....... .anger opposed.the news clever...happier times a duty incumbent .... our own beliefs I was much taken .......taxation immune......taking risks alienated .. Hall.heart contingent ... .to the eyebrows compatible..sin young ........ PIN. ETA..........a degree Sources: Mańczak-Wohlfeld....rules consonant .hearing slow.......recovery ill ......each other bathed ........both ears devoid ..the prospect alarmed............gold polite ....all hope .. TBA...................us riddled ......its importance respectful ...his performance attributable only.....accept the truth heedless ...Comment on the use of ‘aged’ in the following sentences Jane Candy... Pearson.....his mind sweet ............holes/corruption sympathetic ......... My Grammar Lab.............anxiety strong..... PWN.......a blanket steeped ................ The chieftain is chosen by aged members of the community...........new ideas supportive ..making people feel ..heart responsible . 1998.....sunlight allergic . A Practical Grammar of English.........innovation anxious .. Discuss the meaning: Arab – Arabic – Arabian Jew – Hebrew Chicano – Latino – Hispanic Philippines – Filipinos compare to – compare with alliterate – illiterate different from – different to – different than fearful – fearsome classic – classical amoral – immoral the quick and the dead Fill in the blanks: mindful...disagree liable ...her manner reminiscent ..me bereft ................ Niżegorodcew....................getting what he wants hopeless......................hope fortunate ....... went missing yesterday................remembering names hard...the knees generous... aged 34.......no one subject ..her husband careful ............studying abroad injured.what I said happy...the legs weak..............the strength of his affection Explain the difference between the following words: veracious/voracious stationary/stationery sensual/sensuous seasonable/seasonal paramount/tantamount luxuriant/luxurious incredulous/incredible continual/continuous desirable/desirous complementary/complimentary eminent/imminent/immanent Name the following figures: Sort out the meaning of these acronyms: ASAP.......the news he is greedy ....... home amused .......the danger loath ...as two peas virtuous.... 2012...dust he is lacking ......the fact trembling.............. Oxford English Dictionary.as rain .success bored.fear sleepless....... M......the danger adept ............power divorced .