Adjectives answer the following questions about nouns or pronouns: which one, what kind, how many.
The red fire truck lost water pressure. (Which fire truck? The red one.) Easy, right?
Pick the adjectives out of the following sentence:
With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of
what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky
red and yellow and black.
Some wounded thing, by the evidence a large animal, had thrashed about in the underbrush; the jungle weeds
were crushed down and the moss was lacerated; one patch of weeds was stained crimson. A small, glittering
object not far away caught Rainsford’s eye and he picked it up. It was an empty cartridge.
able, ible capable of (adjective suffix) portable able to be carried, legible able to
ac, ic like, pertaining to cardiac pertaining to the heart,
aquatic pertaining to the water
acious, icious full of audacious full of daring, avaricious full of
al pertaining to maniacal insane, portal doorway, logical
pertaining to logic
ant, ent full of eloquent pertaining to fluid, effective
speech, suppliant pleader, verdant green
ary like, connected with dictionary book connected with words,
escent becoming (adjective suffix) evanescent tending to vanish
pubescent arriving at puberty
fic making, doing (adjective suffix) terrific arousing great fear
iferous producing, bearing (adjective suffix)pestiferous carrying disease
vociferous having a loud voice
il, ile pertaining to, capable of adjective suffix)civil polite
ive like (adjective suffix) quantitative concerned with number or
oid resembling, like (adjective suffix) ovoid like an egg
anthropoid resembling a human being
ose full of (adjective suffix) verbose full of words
ous full of (adjective suffix) nauseous full of nausea ludicrous foolish
present or past tense verbs
not part of a verb phrase with a helping verb
function as an adjective, describing a noun or pronoun
This that these those
Occur before a noun
If not followed by a noun, then a pronoun
Adjectives can appear before a noun
Red death, two girls, black podium
Adjectives can appear after a noun and linking verb in the predicate:
The flower smells good.
Prepositional phrases can function as adjectives in sentences.
The flower by the stairs is wilting.
o by the stairs tells which flower
The horse with the white blaze is beautiful.
o with a white blaze tells which horse