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 saturnine woman

saturnine = adjective being used to describe the woman

woman = noun

Saturnine definition: having a gloomy temperament; (of a person or their manner) slow and gloom.

Another Example

• They are rude

rude = adjective being used to modify the pronoun

they = pronoun

Rude definition: offensively impolite or ill-mannered.

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) compound sentences for each of the three adjectives listed.

5. A compound sentence is two (or more) independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.

Example/Practice Game

A. testify • thrive • tickle

B.  target • teacher • table

C. tearfully • terribly • tawdrily

D. tendentious • talkative • tenable

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

Correct Answer

D (This is the adjective word group).

1. Intersex advocates are not tendentious and they should not be treated with contempt. (Compound Sentence)

2. Because the girl tried to educate her classmates about her intersex medical condition, she was viewed as tendentious. (Complex Sentence)

3. The Chief of Police decision to suspend the officer was tenable because the officer’s conduct was reckless, and warranted discipline. (CompoundComplex Sentence)

4. Lisa’s position on global warming is tenable, and her evidence to support her assertions are factual. (Compound Sentence)

5. John is extremely talkative. (Simple Sentence)

6. “I’ve never met someone so talkative,” said Donna. (Simple Sentence)

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 compound sentences for each of the adjectives listed.

A. episodically • efficaciously • exuberantly

B. edgy • effective • eccentric

C. elicit • enhanced • epitomize

D. exertion • eloquence • embryo

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 compound sentences for each of the adjectives listed.

A. rascal • regimen • rooster

B. ridiculously • resolutely • repulsively

C. ransack • recant • relinquish

D. radical • repressive • remorseful

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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