Adjectives

There is no better way to engage your readers than to incorporate adjectives into your writing. Adjectives are able to describe, limit, and qualify nouns and pronouns. In essence, adjectives are able to embellish the foundation of a sentence. A sentence simply needs a subject and verb (see below):

 

Jenny walked.

Subject – Jenny

Verb – walked.

 

The above is certainly a sentence and there is nothing grammatically wrong with it; however, it is quite boring. Let’s try adding a couple adjectives and see if we can add some depth to this sentence.

Jenny walked in the dense, dark forest.

Adjectives – dense; dark

This new sentence gives the reader an image to visualize while reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Degree is Your Adjective?

 

Just as a temperature, an adjective’s degree signifies its intensity. See examples below:

Base - Loud

Comparative - Louder

Superlative - Loudest

 

Base - Talented

Comparative - More talented

Superlative - Most talented

 

A Predicate Adjective

 

A predicate adjective’s role is to follow a linking verb, enabling it to modify the subject of a sentence. 

 

Example: Since the pitcher was tired, the team lost the game.

Tired is the predicate adjective since it modifies pitcher. In this sense, you could read it as tired pitcher.

 

 

Verbals as Adjectives

 

Two of the three types of verbals can be classified as adjectives: the participle and the infinitive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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