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Adjectives

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Adjectives
Adjectives help us use our imaginations when reading and bring life to creative writing. They provide important details that help describe the setting in a story.
Adjectives give our senses the opportunity to use sight, feeling, taste, hearing and smell through our creative imaginations.
“Write in pictures. With your words, let the reader see not letters, but images. Be specific about every detail, but don't describe it--make it happen on the page, if you were writing fiction, or make it happen over again, if you were writing about history or some recent event.”
― A.A. Patawaran, Write Here Write Now: Standing at Attention Before My Imaginary Style Dictator
Adjectives
What would the world be like without adjectives?
Why are adjectives important?
Examples
Here is a sentence without the use of adjectives:
As I walked through the forest, a feeling came over me
.

Here is the sentence revised with using adjectives:
As I walked though the mystical forest, a calm, peaceful feeling came over me.
What is an adjective?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun or pronoun.
Adjectives answer 4 important questions:
Adjectives ask: What kind, which one or ones, how many, and how much.
Adjectives that tell what kind:
What Kind? There was a sudden breeze that filled the cool, damp air.
The word
sudden
modifies

the

noun breeze
.
The words
cool
and
damp
modify the word air
.

Sudden,cool, and damp ask what kind.
Adjectives that tell which ones:
Which Ones? The last weather report predicted rain.
The word
last
modifies the word weather.
The word last tells which weather report.
Adjectives that tell how many or how much:
How Many?

There were
several
paths to choose from as I walked through the forest.
The word
several
modifies the word paths.
The word several tells how many paths.
Adjectives as Articles
Adjectives can come in the form of
articles. A, an, and the are articles.
Articles:

The articles
a
and
an
are indefinite articles.
The article
a
is used before a word beginning with a consonant.
A deer
ran in front of me as I walked through the forest.
The article
an
is used before a word beginning with a vowel sound.
An eagle
soared through the trees.
The article
the
is a definite article. It points to a particular person, place, or thing.
The
leaves blew across
the
mossy ground.
Proper Adjectives

Adjectives can be formed from common nouns.
Noun:
rain
Adjective:
rainy
Noun:
friend
Adjective:
friendly
Proper Adjectives are formed by proper nouns.
Proper Noun: South
America
Adjective:
South American
Proper Noun:
Africa
Proper Adjective:
African
Pretty Colorless and Boring!!!
To learn more about adjectives watch this fun
School House Rock
video!!!
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