In the previous quizzes you have learnt that adjectives describe nouns and provide more meaning to a noun. You have also learnt about different types of adjectives. In this quiz, you will learn about adjectives that are formed from nouns.
English is a versatile language and it has many shades. Among the different parts of speech nouns and adjectives are important, and though they are different classes by themselves, it is possible to use nouns and convert them into adjectives.
'Poison' is a noun and 'poisonous' is an adjective derived from the noun. You will notice that the word ‘poisonous’ has been formed by adding ‘ous’ to poison. Here, the original word remains the same and we just add the suffix. Some other words that can be formed by just adding a suffix without changing the original word are 'person-personal,' 'skill-skillful,' 'fool-foolish' and 'power-powerless.'
There are particular suffixes that can be added to original words and generally they have a definite meaning on account of which the adjective takes on that form.
Adjectives can also be formed from nouns by making some small changes to the original word. For instance, the noun ‘nature’ is converted to an adjective by removing the ‘e’ and adding ‘al’ to form the word 'natural' which is an adjective. Similarly, the adjective ‘beautiful’ is formed from the noun ‘beauty’ by removing the ‘y’ and adding ‘iful’. Some more words in this category are 'mystery-mysterious,' 'history-historic,' 'romance-romantic' and 'offence-offensive.'
Sometimes two different adjectives can be formed from the same original word. One example of this is 'history-historic' and 'history-historical.'
A good vocabulary will always contain adjectives that are derived from nouns and it is to your advantage to learn as many new adjectives as possible and also to learn how to convert nouns into adjectives. By playing the quiz that follows you will learn to make more adjectives from nouns.
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