Adjectives, another part of
speech, give us a great deal of terminology. I will share it with you, but
all that is really important is that adjectives modify or affect the meaning
of nouns and pronouns and tell us which, whose, what kind, and
how many about the nouns or pronouns they modify. They generally come
before the noun or pronoun they modify, but there are exceptions to that
rule. How and why they are different will be explained in later lessons.
They still tell us which, whose, what kind, and how many.
There are seven (7) words in
the English language that are always adjectives. They are the articles
a, an, and the and the possessives my, our, your, and
their. (The possessives are from the possessive pronoun list but
are always used with nouns as adjectives.) Being only seven in number, one
should memorize them so they are immediately recognized as adjectives.
Examples: The neighbor
girl likes chocolate ice cream. Mr. Johanson is tall, dark
Some authorities like to
distinguish between what they call true adjectives and
determiners, but both still just tell which, whose, what kind,
and how many. Those words are the key to adjectives and should be
memorized to make adjectives easy.
Pick out the adjectives in
the following sentences.
1. The heavy red dress of
Queen Elizabeth weighed over fifty pounds.
2. My sister chose two shirts
for my graduation present.
3. That small Mexican
restaurant in the next block serves fresh meals.
4. The little black dog
barked at the well-dressed stranger.
5. An old wood fence had
caught several discarded candy wrappers.
1. The, heavy, red, fifty.
2. My, two, my, graduation
3. That, small, Mexican, the,
4. The, little, black, the,
5. An, old, wood, several,