Modifiers: Adjectives

An adjective is a word that modifies a noun or pronoun. An adjective describes the noun or pronoun that follows it.

There are several kinds of adjectives:

Predicate adjectives are presented after a linking verb and modify the subject of the sentence. Predicate adjectives do not appear before the noun or pronoun they modify as most adjectives do. Instead they are found in the predicate of the sentence. The predicate of the sentence explains what is being stated about the subject or it contains the action of the sentence in relation to the subject.

  • Ex. 1.1. This sandwich tastes really good.

Create your own example: Our history book is ____________.

Articles are also considered to be adjectives. Articles are placed before the nouns or pronouns they modify. Common articles include a, an, and the.

  • Ex. 1.2. The book on the counter contains an example of a common function of topography.

Fill in the blanks: I went to __ library to research.

She likes to eat __ apple on her way to ___ store.

Create your own sentence including any combination of the articles a, an, and the.

Possessive adjectives are possessive pronouns placed before nouns they modify. Examples of possessive adjectives are her, our, their, and your.

  • Ex. 1.3. Mike and Joe wrote a story about flying pigs. Sally and I wrote a story about dreams. The teacher said that their story contained more creativity than our story.
  • Ex. 1.4. With the combination of her writing skills and your communication skills the presentation will be very informative.

Create your own sentence using these possessive adjectival phrases: her shirt, their shoes, and your book.

Demonstrative adjectives are demonstrative pronouns placed before nouns they modify. Examples of demonstrative adjectives are this, that, these, and those.

  • Ex. 1.5. While reading this book I noticed that these examples are not incorporated in the exercises.
  • Ex. 1.6. Since I only brought thirty dollars I need to decide between that shirt on display and those shoes in the next shop.

Create your own sentence using these demonstrative adjectival phrases: this pen, these candles, and those journals.

Indefinite adjectives are indefinite pronouns placed before nouns they modify. Examples of indefinite adjectives are any, each, every, and some.

  • Ex. 1.7. Every student in this line has taken some of the cookies on the table.
  • Ex. 1.8. Each story has any number of endings that you can create.

Create your own sentence using these indefinite adjectives: any, each, every, and some.

Created by Cindy Montgomery