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Hy3 Coursework Examples Of Adjectives

ADJECTIVES

Traditionally, adjectives are defined as words that describe nouns or pronouns.  When they describe nouns or pronouns, adjectives typically answer the following questions:

  What kind?             Which one?             How many?

 

For example, in the phrase

Tall is an adjective describing the noun man.

Tall answers the question "which man?" or "what kind of man?"

 

Similarly, in the phrase,

Easy is an adjective describing the noun assignment. 

Easy answers the question, "what kind of assignment?"

  

Adjectives are usually placed before the nouns they describe, as in the examples, tall man and easy assignment, above.

 

Thus, one may identify an adjective by using the following word-order test:

                  

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Adjectives may also follow the noun they describe.

 

Example:

                          

Finally, adjectives may follow a verb of being or a linking verb, thus completing the noun subject

            Examples

                       

 

Like nouns, adjectives are often recognizable by their suffixes.

Endings such as  -ous   -ful  -ish  -able    usually designate adjectives.

 

Examples: 

                             

                      

Adjectives of two or more syllables use more and most for comparative and superlative forms.

 

 

Examples:

                          

Note:

 

Two-syllable adjectives ending in -y may also use the -er / -est endings to designate comparative and superlative.

 

 

Examples:

                     

Note:  the following adjectives do not follow the regular rules for forming comparative and superlative forms: good, bad, little, ill. 

          

To create negative comparative and superlative forms, use

 

less  for –er

and 

least for –est

             Examples:

                  

 

 

Looking at examples of adjectives can make it easier to understand how these important parts of speech are used in the English language.

Popular Adjectives

An adjective is a word that describes, identifies or further defines a noun or a pronoun. There are thousands of adjectives available to describe how something feels, looks, sounds, tastes and acts. Here are a few examples:

To Describe Taste 

BitterLemon-flavoredSpicy
BlandMintySweet
DeliciousPickledTangy
FruitySaltyTasty
GingerySourYummy

To Describe Touch

BoilingFluffySharp
BreezyFreezingSilky
BumpyFuzzySlick
ChillyGreasySlimy
ColdHardSlippery
CoolHotSmooth
CuddlyIcySoft
DampLooseSolid
DirtyMeltedSticky
DryPainfulTender
DustyPricklyTight
EncrustedRoughUneven
FilthyShaggyWarm
FlakyShakyWet

To Describe Sound

BlaringMelodicScreeching
DeafeningMoaningShrill
FaintMuffledSilent
HoarseMuteSoft
High-pitchedNoisySquealing
HissingPurringSqueaking
HushedQuietThundering
HuskyRaspyVoiceless
LoudResonantWhispering

To Describe Color  

AzureGrayPinkish
BlackGreenPurple
BlueIndigoRed
BrightLavenderRosy
BrownLightScarlet
CrimsonMagentaSilver
DarkMulticoloredTurquoise
DrabMustardViolet
DullOrangeWhite
GoldPinkYellow

To Describe Size

AbundantJumboPuny
Big-bonedLargeScrawny
ChubbyLittleShort
FatLongSmall
GiantMajesticTall
GiganticMammothTeeny
GreatMassiveThin
HugeMiniatureTiny
ImmensePetiteVast

To Describe Shape 

BlobbyDistortedRotund
BroadFlatRound
ChubbyFluffySkinny
CircularGlobularSquare
CrookedHollowSteep
CurvedLowStraight
CylindricalNarrowTriangular
DeepOvalWide

To Describe Time

AnnualFuturisticRapid
BriefHistoricalRegular
DailyIrregularShort
EarlyLateSlow
EternalLongSpeed
FastModernSpeedy
FirstOldSwift
FleetOld-fashionedWaiting
FutureQuickYoung

To Describe an Amount

AllHeavyOne
AmpleHundredsPaltry
AstronomicalLargePlentiful
BountifulLightProfuse
ConsiderableLimitedSeveral
CopiousLittleSizable
CountlessManySome
EachMeaslySparse
EnoughMereSubstantial
EveryMultipleTeeming
FewMyriadTen
FullNumerousVery

To Describe an Emotion

AbrasiveEmbarrassedGrumpy
AbruptEnergeticKind
AfraidEnragedLazy
AgreeableEnthusiasticLively
AggressiveEnviousLonely
AmiableEvilLucky
AmusedExcitedMad
AngryExhaustedManic
AnnoyedExuberantMysterious
AshamedFairNervous
BadFaithfulObedient
BitterFantasticObnoxious
BewilderedFierceOutrageous
BoringFinePanicky
BraveFoolishPerfect
CallousFranticPersuasive
CalmFriendlyPleasant
CalmingFrightenedProud
CharmingFunnyQuirky
CheerfulFuriousRelieved
CombativeGentleRepulsive
ComfortableGlibRundown
DefeatedGloriousSad
ConfusedGoodScary
CooperativeGratefulSelfish
CourageousGrievingSilly
CowardlyGustySplendid
CrabbyGutlessSuccessful
CreepyHappyTedious
CrossHealthyTense
CruelHeinousTerrible
DangerousHelplessThankful
DefeatedHilariousThoughtful
DefiantHungryThoughtless
DelightfulHurtTired
DepressedHystericalTroubled
DeterminedImmoralUpset
DisgustedImpassionedWeak
DisturbedIndignantWeary
EagerIrateWicked
ElatedItchyWorried
EmbarrassedJealousZany
EnchantingJollyZealous

To Describe a Person or Personality

AggressiveFamousRestless
AgoraphobicFearlessRich
AmbidextrousFertileRighteous
AmbitiousFragileRitzy
AmoralFrankRomantic
AngelicFunctionalRustic
BrainyGabbyRuthless
BreathlessGenerousSassy
BusyGiftedSecretive
CalmHelpfulSedate
CapableHesitantShy
CarelessInnocentSleepy
CautiousInquisitiveSomber
CheerfulInsaneStingy
CleverJauntyStupid
CommonJuicySuper
CompleteMachoSwanky
ConcernedManlyTame
CrazyModernTawdry
CuriousMushyTerrific
DeadNaughtyTesty
DeepOddUninterested
DelightfulOldVague
DeterminedOpenVerdant
DifferentOutstandingVivacious
DiligentPerkyWacky
EnergeticPoorWandering
ErraticPowerfulWild
EvilPuzzledWomanly
ExuberantRealWrong

To Describe Appearance 

AblazeDistinctQuirky
AdorableDrabRuddy
AlluringDullShiny
AttractiveElegantSkinny
AverageEmbarrassedSloppy
AwkwardFancySmiling
BalancedFatSparkling
BeautifulFilthySpotless
BlondeGlamorousStrange
BloodyGleamingTacky
BlushingGlossyTall
BrightGracefulThin
CleanGrotesqueUgly
ClearHandsomeUnattractive
CloudyHomelyUnbecoming
ClumsyInteriorUncovered
ColorfulLovelyUnsightly
ConfidentMagnificentUnusual
CrackedMurkyWatery
CrookedOld-fashionedWeird
CrushedPlainWild
CurlyPoisedWiry
CutePrettyWooden
DebonairPuffyWorried
DirtyQuaintZaftig

To Describe Situations   

AccidentalDoubtfulMain
AchievableElementartyMinor
AdvantageousFinger-printedNasty
AlcoholicGroundlessNutritious
AnimatedHardObsolete
AquaticHarmfulOptimal
AromaticHighOrganic
AspiringHonestPremium
BadHorribleQuizzical
BawdyIllegalRainy
BiographicalIllegibleRedundant
BizarreImperfectRemarkable
BrokenImpossibleSimple
CarefulInternalTangible
CredibleInventiveTricky
CreepyJazzyWholesale
CumbersomeJuvenileWorse
DisastrousLegalWry
DismissiveLogicalX-rated

Using Adjectives in Writing

While it’s important to understand how adjectives add to the descriptions of the nouns and pronouns, it’s also wise to understand how to effectively use these parts of speech in your own writing.

Adjectives are best used sparingly. Generally, nouns and verbs should do the bulk of the descriptive work in your prose. Don’t simply tell your reader that something is beautiful, exciting, or interesting. Use your words to show why these descriptive labels are appropriate.

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Examples of Adjectives

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Looking at examples of adjectives can make it easier to understand how these important parts of speech are used in the English language.