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Describing Words

A word that describes a noun is called an adjective. Words that tell color, size, shape or number of a noun are adjectives. Adjectives tell something more about a noun or make its meaning clear. An adjective is a describing word.

Examples:

1. This is a red pencil.
In this sentence, the word 'red' tells us the color of the pencil (noun). Red describes the color of the pencil and is called an adjective.

2. The pencil is long.
In this sentence, the word 'long' tells us the size of the pencil (noun). Long describes or tells us more about the size of the pencil and is called an adjective.

3. This is a round bottle.
In this sentence, the word 'round' tells us the shape of the table (noun). Round tells us more about the table and is called an adjective.

4. Five girls are playing.
In this sentence, the word 'five' tells us the number of girls (noun). Five tells us more about the girls and is called an adjective.

Adjectives can be used before a noun (I have a red pencil) or after certain verbs (It is hard). We can also use two or more adjectives together (a tasty fresh pastry). Here, both words, tasty and fresh are adjectives and have been used together.

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