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Adjectives and Adverbs
Transcript of Adjectives and Adverbs
A Project by Claire Barbrack
What's an adjective?
is a word or phrase that modifies (or describes) a noun.
So, an adjective is a description word. It describes other people, places, things, or ideas.
Examples of Adjectives:
"Big" is describing the dog.
"Fluffy" is describing the dog's fur.
But, what if we said this?
The dog was
. Its fur was
Are "big" and "fluffy" still adjectives?
Yes. They describe "dog" and "fur."
How is this possible?
The dog was big. Its fur was fluffy.
"Big" and "Fluffy" are following "was." "Was" is a linking verb (usually a form of the verb "to be") that connects the adjective to the subject. "Big" and "Fluffy" are
Predicate adjectives (also called subject complements) describe the subject and are followed by a linking verb. Most linking verbs are forms of the verb "to be."
(examples of linking verbs)- is, are, was
an adjective that is usually capitalized and is derived from a proper noun
Ming is eating
comes from the proper noun "China" and is capitalized
What is an article?
An article is an adjective. It modifies a noun. An article can be indefinite or definite.
More about articles
What do "indefinite" and "definite" mean?
"Definite" is very specific.
(example)- Pick up
"The" is telling you that it has to be that specific book.
"Indefinite" is less direct and specific.
(example)- Pick up
"A" is not telling you specifically which book. You could pick up any book.
is word that modifies, or describes, a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
(example)- Julia chose
"Wisely" is telling you more about
Julia chose. It describes the verb "chose."
When an adverb is describing a verb, it can tell you
What is an adverb?
All About Demonstratives
A demonstrative points out (demonstrates) people, places, or things.
that, this, these, and those
Demonstrative Adjectives VS. Demonstrative Pronouns
Demonstrative Adjectives describe and come before nouns.
bike is weird.
"That" is followed by and describes "bike."
Demonstrative Pronouns stand on their own.
"This" is not describing anything. It stands on its own as the subject.
is an adverb that emphasizes an adjective or adverb.
(example)- Abby is
"Extremely" is emphasizing Abby's slowness. "Slow" is an adjective. "Extremely" is modifying "slow."
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
form of an adjective compares two things or people.
two things or people
These are just a few examples. Some Comparative and superlative forms are irregular.
We use comparative and superlative adjectives to compare things or people.
Good or Well?
Bad or Badly?
are adjectives. You should use them after linking verbs.
(example)- The weather was
(example)- Those cookies were
(They are both following linking verbs)
are adverbs. You should use them to describe action verbs.
is also used to describe someone's health.
(example)- Carrie didn't feel
(example)- She sings so
is describing Carrie's health, and
is describing "sings," an action verb)
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