Adjectives 01
'Red' is the adjective in 'The red balloon'.

Adjectives 01

Adjectives are "describing words". In the phrase "the red balloon" the word "red" is an adjective and the word "balloon" is a noun. Adjectives modify nouns and pronouns.

Adjectives can tell you what an object looks like, what its size is and how it feels to the touch. They can describe people and places in the same way. In the sentence "It was a warm, sunny, breezy day", the adjectives modifying the noun "day" are "warm", "sunny" and "breezy". In the sentence "He examined the old weather-beaten chest", the adjectives modifying the noun "chest" are "old" and "weather-beaten".

Adjective also describe feelings. The words "sorrowful", "miserable", "excited", "placid" and "jolly" are adjectives. Sometimes you'll see that adjectives might not be next to the noun which they modify. In the sentence "She was thrilled to win the prize", the adjective "thrilled" modifies the pronoun "she".

Try and use a variety of adjectives to make your writing more descriptive and more interesting.

  1. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    The road comprised large houses and a tiny shop.
    The road comprised LARGE houses and a TINY shop
  2. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    The old book had lost its original cover long ago.
    The OLD book had lost its ORIGINAL cover long ago
  3. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    The long transporter delivered the new car today.
    The LONG transporter delivered the NEW car today
  4. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    This bag is heavy but that bag is light.
    "Heavy" and "light" are adjectives
  5. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    That chair is wooden but this chair is plastic.
    "Wooden" and "plastic" are adjectives
  6. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    The quick brown fox jumped over the slow white dog.
    You can use several adjectives to describe a noun
  7. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    A small grey mouse frightened the timid little child.
    A SMALL GREY mouse frightened the TIMID LITTLE child
  8. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    The colourful bird perched on the highest leafy branch.
    The COLOURFUL bird perched on the HIGHEST LEAFY branch
  9. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    An interesting article appeared in our local newspaper.
    An INTERESTING article appeared in our LOCAL newspaper
  10. Select the adjectives in the following sentence.
    Cheap biscuits are good but expensive ones are better.
    CHEAP biscuits are GOOD but EXPENSIVE ones are BETTER

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