Affinity for Adjectives

Word Game

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


• The woman’s cumbersome purse made the lengthy walk to the bus station quite unpleasant.

cumbersome = adjective being used to describe the purse

purse = noun

lengthy = adjective being used to describe the walk

walk = noun

cumbersome definition: unwieldy, heavy, bulky[1]


Here is another example:

The torpid dog loved sleeping on the couch.

torpid = adjective being used to describe the noun.

dog = noun


  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 do not 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 two (2) or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.

Example/Practice Game

A. exuberance • eagerness • empathy (nouns)

B. exuberantly • energetically • effervescently (adverbs)

C. exude • earn • emerge (verbs)

D. exuberant • exceptional • empathetically (adjectives)

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

Correct Answer

D. This is the adjective word group.

• The exuberant student displayed her art project and the class cheered. (Compound Sentence)

• Stacy’s grandmother came for a visit, and the old woman’s exuberant joy was inspiring as usual. (Compound Sentence)

• His speech was exceptional, and the crowd cheered. (Compound Sentence)

• The heat that day was exceptional, and everyone stayed indoors. (Compound Sentence)

• Her cat empathetically nudged her, and she suddenly felt less lonely. (Compound Sentence)

• I was trying to speak empathetically, but sometimes I say the wrong thing. (Compound Sentence)

Now, it’s time to play the game.

Game 1

A. haplessly • heinously • heartily

B. hapless • heinous • hearty

C. happen • heighten • hanker

D. haplessness • hearth • hibernation

Game 2

A.  mollify • magnetize • materialize

B. mass • malice • modesty

C. massive • mollified • macabre

D. massively • modishly • modestly

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