Adjectives

 

An adjective can modify the noun or pronoun. A better way to say this might be that the adjective describes or gives more information.

Examples

The adjectives will tell you the kind or give a description of the subject or noun. In the first sentence, ‘glowing’ tells us what kind of stars were painted. In the second sentence the word ‘pretty’ describes the girl, while ‘bright’ and ‘blue’ describe what kind of dress she was wearing.

Possessive Adjectives

These modify a noun. They tell who the noun belongs to. Some examples of possessive adjectives are ‘his’, ‘her’, ‘its’, ‘my’, ‘our’ and ‘their’.

In the first sentence the word ‘my’ tells you whose car it is - mine. The same with the sentence where ‘her’ tells you to whom the shoes belong.

Demonstrative Adjectives

These adjectives answer “which” about the subject. Some of the more common ones are ‘that’, ‘these’, ‘this’ and ‘those’.

It is possible to mistake a demonstrative adjective for a demonstrative pronoun; however, it is used differently in the sentence

Interrogative Adjectives

These are adjectives used in a question for example ‘what’ or ‘which’. They are used to ask for clarification.

Again you may think an interrogative adjective looks like an interrogative pronoun. It is all a matter of how they are used in the sentence. In these sentences they are used to modify or describe a noun, making them adjectives.

Indefinite Adjectives

These give general or non-specific information. They can often answer a question like “how many?” Some of the more commonly used indefinite adjectives include ‘all’, ‘each’, ‘every’, ‘any’, ‘few’, ‘many’ and ‘some’.

The word ‘some’ asks if you want grapes, but does not state exactly how many. In the second sentence “some children” suggests more than one but gives no idea how many.

Colour your sentences

Adjectives add ‘colour’ or more interest to your sentences. They answer questions or ask them. They tell you ‘what kind’ or ‘how many’. So add more interest to your writing to help you paint a mental image for the reader.

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