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 loquacious child

loquacious = adjective being used to describe the child.

child = noun

Loquacious definition: tending to talk a great deal; talkative.

Another Example

• He is convivial

convivial = adjective being used to modify the pronoun

he = pronoun

Convivial definition: (of a person) cheerful and friendly; jovial.

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 (2) two complex sentences for each of the three adjectives listed.

5. A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause.

Example/Practice Game

A. paralyzed • patronized • perpetuated

B. presumptuous • petulant • poignant

C. peacefully • periodically • punctiliously

D. parsimony • philanthropist • pride

Here is an example of how your answer should be written:

Correct Answer

B (This is the adjective word group).

1. It’s never ok to be presumptuous, especially about someone else’s feelings.

2. I’m not some presumptuous idiot, who has no clue about life.

3. Because her daughter was behaving like a petulant toddler, Samantha ignored her.

4. While Billy cleaned the garage, his petulant wife complained about the weather.

5. After reading the poignant memoir, Jill sobbed profusely.

6. Since I lost a lot of weight, reflecting on old photos of myself has become a poignant experience.

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 (2) two complex sentences for each of the adjectives listed.

A. fabricate • ferry • faltered

B. felicitous • flirtatious • formidable

C. facetiously • fervently • fiercely

D. franchise • furnace • foreigner

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 (2) two complex sentences for each of the adjectives listed.

A. vagrantly • vehemently • verbatim

B. vehicle • vegetarian • validation

C. vacuuming • vindicate • venture

D. valiant • voracious • vulnerable

Pay it forward, please share your sentences in the Leave a Reply/ leave a comment section below (keep scrolling down). In the comment section below, a member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback on the answers and sentences you provide. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post them below.

Please review The 4 Sentence Types writing workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category.

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