Building Vocabulary

Affinity for Adjectives

Word Game

Adjectives describe or modify—that is, clarify or limit the meaning of—nouns and  pronouns to make them more specific.

Examples

• The blue car

blue = adjective being used to describe a car

car = noun

Another Example

• He is prepossessing

prepossessing = adjective being used to modify the pronoun

He = pronoun

Directions:

1. Select the adjective word group.

2. It’s extremely important that you know how to correctly pronounce a word. If you see a word that you don’t know how to pronounce, google the word. Usually, there will be a megaphone next to the word googled. Click on the megaphone to listen to the correct pronunciation of a word.

3. Use Google or a dictionary to learn each of the adjective word definitions.

4. Write two simple sentences for each of the three adjectives listed.

Example

A. benignant • bashful • bellicose

B. beach • bed • beauty

C. bravely • breathlessly • brusquely

D. babble • bluffing • bolster

Here is how your answer should be written:

Correct Answer

A

1. Byron, the convival, benignant young man, intrigued the audience.

2. Everyone loved the benignant kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Williams.

3. The bashful young man mustered up the courage to ask Jennifer, if she would go out on a date with him.

4. There’s nothing bashful about Jessie; the confident star athlete on the basketball team.

5. Latoya reported the bellicose waitress to the  restaurant manager.

6. I’d rather be around someone genial than someone bellicose.

Now it’s time to play the game.

Game 1

Directions:

1. Select the adjective word group.

2. It’s extremely important that you know how to correctly pronounce a word. If you see a word that you don’t know how to pronounce, google the word. Usually, there will be a megaphone next to the word googled. Click on the megaphone to listen to the correct pronunciation of a word.

3. Use Google or a dictionary to learn each of the adjective word definitions.

4. Write two simple sentences for each of the adjectives.

A. sagacious • sanguine • satirical

B. sensationalism • slouch • solidarity

C. sagaciously • sanguinely • satirically

D. sampling • scamper • siphon

Game 2

Directions:

1. Select the adjective word group.

2. It’s extremely important that you know how to correctly pronounce a word. If you see a word that you don’t know how to pronounce, google the word. Usually, there will be a megaphone next to the word googled. Click on the megaphone to listen to the correct pronunciation of a word.

3. Use Google or a dictionary to learn each of the adjective word definitions.

4. Write two simple sentences for each of the adjectives.

A. chauffeur • chimney • comrade

B. canvassed • castigate • chuckle

C. cantankerously • circumspectly • connubially

D. convivial • capricious • choleric

Pay it forward, please share your sentences in the Leave a Reply section below (keep scrolling down). A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback on your syntax. If you have any questions about today’s word game workshop, please feel free to post your questions in the leave a reply section below.

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