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Adjectives are an integral part of the English language. Can you guess why? It is because they bring life, vitality, interest, and information to sentences. Our speech and writing would sound rather dull and fail to spark our imagination if we do not include details in it.
Take a look at an example:
Without adjectives – “I ate cake.”
With adjectives – “I ate a moist, delicious and rich chocolate cake at the café. You should try it too.”
From the above examples, you can clearly see how the first sentence sounds utterly flat. It does nothing to entice our imagination or make us visualize what the writer is describing. But the complete opposite happens in the second sentence.
We can imagine the taste, exquisiteness, and quality of the cake just because of the adjectives in it. You can find our ELA video lectures for further help with language skills.
Let’s briefly take a look at the kind of adjectives we have.
We have three interrogative adjectives that help us modify nouns too. We use these adjectives to ask questions. They include whose, what, and which. For example:
The beauty of adjectives is that they’re so easy to guess by their names and determine the purpose they serve. Demonstrative adjectives help us refer to or demonstrate specific things, animals, and people. For example that, this, those and these.
We separate coordinate adjectives with the word ‘and’ or by using a comma. Coordinate adjectives describe the same noun in a sentence. There are many sentences in which we often have to list several attributes of a noun. Take a look at an example:
The bright and sunny day was ideal for a picnic at the beach.
Bright and sunny are the two coordinate adjectives in our example above.
It is easy to figure by the name that possessive adjectives refer to a possession. Some examples include their, our, its, her, his, your, and my. You may have already noticed that these same possessive adjectives also serve as possessive nouns.
Identify the adjective from the sentences below:
Adjectives are descriptive words that enlighten a reader of the quality, state, and attributes of a noun or pronoun. Use them to enrich your sentences and make them interesting to read.
In the next article you can read about R adjectives.
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