Affinity for Adjectives

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

• My scurrilous co-worker hates me and is constantly spreading rumors.

Scurrilous = adjective being used to describe my co-worker.

Co-worker = noun

Scurrilous definition: making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation.

Here is another example:

• My chubby baby is so ticklish under her arms and feet.

Chubby = adjective being used to describe my baby.
Baby = noun

Directions:

1. Select the adjective word group.

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

3. Use Google or a dictionary to learn each of the adjective word’s 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.  oaf • opprobrium • ouster

B. obsequiously • obediently • obstreperously

C. obstreperous • obsequious • oleaginous

D.  oscillate • officiate • offend

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

Correct Answer

C (This is the adjective word group).

1. The obstreperous teens yelled profanities and they disrupted the school play. (Compound Sentence)

2. The obstreperous teens shouted, and they refused to comply with their teacher’s request. (Compound Sentence)

3. The obsequious employee praised the manager all afternoon, so the manager was in a good mood. (Compound Sentence)

4. Bobby is an obsequious co-worker who loves to praise the manager and he’s constantly snitching on others. (Compound Sentence)

5. I would describe Bobby as an oleaginous, brownnosing, sycophant, but he’s also extremely jocose and generous. (Compound Sentence)

6. Bobby’s oleaginous personality annoys me, and his constant praise of the manager is distracting. (Compound 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. Google a word that you don’t know how to pronounce. Usually, there will be a megaphone next to the Googled word. Click on the megaphone to listen to the word’s correct pronunciation.

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. barbarousness • blissfulness • beguilement

B. beguile • besmirch • bemoan

C. barbarously • benignantly •  blissfully

D. babyish • bashful •  bedraggled

Game 2

Directions:

1. Select the adjective word group.

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

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. pessimistically • placidly • perceptively

B. paginate • patronize • procrastinate

C. placid • pernicious • pessimistic

D. placidness • perceptiveness • procrastinator

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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