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Grammar Guide 2 - Back to Basics - Adjectives


Myr

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Wow!  Thanks for all the replies on week 1!  Ready for Week 2 of the Grammar Guide?  This week is Back to Basics: Adjectives

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An adjective modifies a noun or pronoun to give more information about a person, place, or thing.

Adjectives answer such things as:  which one? what kind? how many?

There are few different kinds of adjectives:

  • Articles
    • Can be definite or indefinite and they point out or refer to a person, place, or thing
    • Definite article: the
      • Example : the book
    • Indefinite article: a, an
      • Example: a book
  • Demonstrative
    • Emphasizes the importance of the person, place, or thing (always followed by the noun/pronoun)
    • Examples: this, that, these, those
  • Indefinite
    • Used to describe a group including an unknown number
    • Examples: many, less, neither, some
  • Possessive
    • Describes who has or owns something
    • Examples: my, your, his, her, its, our, their
  • Interrogative
    • Begins a question
    • Examples: what, which, whose
  • Proper
    • Formed from a proper noun and requires a capital letter
    • Examples: French pastries, Mexican tacos, Japanese animation

And there you have it! Next week we jump into the active world of verbs.  Let us know what you think below and if you want to play around with the home game, give an adjective that isn't used often.

  • References:
    • Kern, Jara. (2020). The Infographic Guide to Grammar. Adams Media
    • Venolia, Jan. (2001). Write Right! (4th ed.). Ten Speed Press
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6 hours ago, kbois said:

Every student's best friend when they need just a few more words to reach the required number for that 10,000 word essay!

LMAO

The same could be said about many a novice author. I was guilty of trying to enhance every noun with at least one and often more.

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5 hours ago, Mrsgnomie said:

I don’t know, looks perfectly proper to me. Nothing improper about the best pizza in the world. 

It must include ham AND bacon!

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Here's something @Mann Ramblings shared  as part of his effort to educate while editing my scribbles. Some of you may find it interesting. If I ever string that many together, somebody please shoot me.

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Adjective order in English:

  1. Quantity or number

  2. Quality or opinion

  3. Size

  4. Age

  5. Shape

  6. Color

  7. Proper adjective (often nationality, other place of origin, or material)

  8. Purpose or qualifier

 

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6 minutes ago, Carlos Hazday said:

If I ever string that many together, somebody please shoot me.

 Are you restricting just quantity or the size, age, shape, color and purpose as well?

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14 minutes ago, Carlos Hazday said:

It must include ham AND bacon!

Now you're talking. Ditch the fruity pizza. GO CARNIVOROUS!

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Just now, Myr said:

 Are you restricting just quantity or the size, age, shape, color and purpose as well?

This is what came to mind when I tried to imagine using all those together

A half-dozen, intelligent, well-hung, twenty-something, built, tan, Cuban studs walk into a bar...

 

Cia needs to check my comma usage.

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4 hours ago, Carlos Hazday said:

It must include ham AND bacon!

4 hours ago, kbois said:

Now you're talking. Ditch the fruity pizza. GO CARNIVOROUS!

I welcome the delicious bacon, but the juicy pineapple stays. 

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