Affinity for Adjectives

Word Game

Adjectives describe or modify the meaning of nouns and pronouns to make them more specific.

Examples

• The police officer’s truculent behavior toward the peaceful protesters resulted in his termination from the police department.

truculent = adjective being used to describe the police officer

police officer = noun

peaceful = adjective being used to describe the protesters

protesters = noun

truculent definition: quick to argue, always looking for a fight and hard to please

Here is another example:

He is a tall man who enjoys playing basketball.

tall = 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. 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 adjective word definition.
  4. Write (2) compound sentences for each of the (3) three listed adjectives.
  5. A compound sentence is (2) two (or more) independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.

Example/Practice Game

A. nebulousness • naiveness • nonfiction (nouns)

B. naively • nonchalantly • nebulously (adverbs)

C.  notify • narrate • nourish (verbs)

D.  nebulous • nonchalant • naive (adjectives)

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

Correct Answer

D. This is the adjective word group.

  • The mayor’s comments were nebulous, and he offended the protesters. (Compound Sentence)
  • Melissa’s intersex medical condition distressed her, and her nebulous gender appearance incited the community. (Compound Sentence)
  • The mayor’s nonchalant response to the unjustified police shooting infuriated the community, and his response was criticized by the state’s governor. (Compound Sentence)
  • Melissa’s nonchalant demeanor enraged the bigots, and their incendiary insults proved to be ineffective.  (Compound Sentence)
  • Melissa can be a bit naive, but eventually she ascertains an individual’s true character. (Compound Sentence)
  • I believe that she is a bit naive, so I recommend that she take her time when selecting guys to date. (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. satirize • supplicate • scurrying

B. satiric • scrupulous • snobbish

C. sagaciousness • satire • scrupulousness

D.  satirically • sagaciously • scrupulously

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.  diabolical • disheveled • disillusioned

B. diabolically • despondently • demonstrably

C. diabolicalness • demeanor • decorum

D. deflect • disassemble • disavow

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