Proper and Compound Adjectives Homework: Complete adjective worksheet 16.1 (both sides). Side one, page 25, should have been completed in-class. Notes that may help: Remember… adjectives describe people, places, things, or ideas. Just like proper nouns, proper adjectives need to be capitalized. To find proper adjectives, look for names of people or places that come before nouns. Example: the English language “language” is a noun “English” tells us which language we are writing about. Notice that “English” is capitalized. Compound adjectives take two or more words and mash them together to create one description. Example: Ryan Howard is a major-league player. Here, I took the words “major” and “league” and mashed them into one kind of description.
Be careful: You will also need to know which word the adjective is describing. Usually, the adjective comes right before the noun it describes. Example: Ryan Howard is a major-league player. “major-league” is describing “player”. It tells me what kind of player Ryan Howard is. But watch out!! Sometimes, compound adjectives and be grouped with others. Example: I need to get thirty-seven jelly doughnuts for my friends. Here, “thirty-seven” and “jelly” are both describing the doughnuts. You need to find the noun that the adjective describes. Don’t just pick the word next to it. Good Luck! Hope this helps!