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Adjectives

! Adjective Phrases


! Adjective Phrase

Adjectives

– A prepositional phrase that modifies a noun

or pronoun

– A prepositional phrase used as an

adjective


! Examples:

Adjectives

– Icy chunks fell from the skyscraper.

– Chunks of ice fell from the skyscraper.

– Girls had wax dolls.

– Girls had dolls of wax.

– Flower paintings decorated the walls.

– Paintings of flowers decorated the walls.


Adjective Phrases

! Adjective phrases answer certain

questions:

– What kind?

– Which one(s)?

– How many?

– How much?


Adjective Phrases

! Mr. Dodsworth ordered a dinner of

boiled crawfish.

– The adjective phrase modifies the noun

dinner.

– The adjective phrase answers the question

What kind?.


Adjective Phrases

! The one with the big pockets costs a

little more.

– The adjective phrase modifies the pronoun

one.

– The adjective phrase answers the question

Which one?.


Adjective Phrases

! There was enough room for only three

people.

– The adjective phrase modifies the noun

room.

– The adjective phrase answers the question

How much?.

! Notice that adjective phrases commonly

follow the noun it modifies.


Practice

! Identify the adjective phrase in each

sentence.

! 1. Diego Rivera was a famous painter

from Mexico.

! 2. People throughout the world enjoy

Rivera’s art.

! 3. Rivera often painted the walls of

buildings.


Answers

! 1. Diego Rivera was a famous painter

from Mexico.

! 2. People throughout the world enjoy

Rivera’s art.

! 3. Rivera often painted the walls of

buildings.


More Practice

! 4. His murals are beautiful examples of

popular twentieth-century art.

! 5. Rivera’s artworks often include

symbols of Mexican culture.

! 6. His work with other Mexican artists

was also very important.


More Answers

! 4. His murals are beautiful examples of

popular twentieth-century art.

! 5. Rivera’s artworks often include

symbols of Mexican culture.

! 6. His work with other Mexican artists

was also very important.


Adjective Phrases

! More than one adjective phrase can

modify the same noun or pronoun.

! Example:

– That painting of sunflowers by van Gogh is

famous.

– The phrases of sunflowers and by van

Gogh answers the question Which

painting.


Adjective Phrases

! An adjective phrase can modify the

object of another adjective phrase

! Example:

– A number of paintings by van Gogh are

landscapes.

• The adjective phrase of paintings answers the

question What number?.

• The adjective phrase by van Gogh answers the

question Which painting?.


Adjective Phrases

Applying to your Writing

! You can add adjective phrases to add

details to your writing.

! Examples:

– Original: Gary enjoys reading books.

– Revised: Gary enjoys reading books about space

exploration.

– Original: The Squirrel was in the top of the tree. The

squirrel chattered at me.

– Revised: The squirrel in the top of the tree chattered at

me.


Practice

! Identify the Adjective Phrase(s) in each

sentence.

! 1. This book about birds of North

America has won many awards for

photography.

! 2. It explains the importance of flight in

the survival of the bird population.


Answers

! 1. This book about birds of North

America has won many awards for

photography.

! 2. It explains the importance of flight in

the survival of the bird population.


Practice

! 3. The wings of airplanes resemble

birds’ wings.

! 4. Feathers on the wings and tails of

birds often are quite showy.

! 5. The area inside the quill of a feather

is hollow.


Answers

! 3. The wings of airplanes resemble

birds’ wings.

! 4. Feathers on the wings and tails of

birds often are quite showy.

! 5. The area inside the quill of a feather

is hollow.


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