- Adjectives give us more information about nouns (people, places, or things).
- We sometimes say that they "qualify" or "modify" nouns.
- They might give a physical description of a person (blonde, short) or tell about someone's personality or abilities (clever, quick-tempered).
- Some adjectives tell about places (near, far), things (plastic, heavy, ugly), and even about actions or activities (boring, fun, long).
- Adjectives can also give us information about how many or how much of the noun there is (many, more, few).
- Using adjectives in our speech and writing helps make our meaning more clear and vivid.
- Lucy is tall and strong, but not actually very athletic.
tall and strong give a physical description; athletic describes her personality
- The new movie theater has many comfortable seats!
new describes the movie theater; comfortable describes the seats, and many tells us the quantity
- The thoughtful students brought their teacher ten shiny red apples.
thoughtful describes the students; shiny and red tell about the quality of apples, and ten tells us the quantity of apples
An adjective can be a single word, or you can have an adjective phrase or clause.
"Wet" and "soggy" are adjectives describing the playground. "Uncomfortable" tells us how it would feel to play on the playground.
- Mary decided it would be uncomfortable to play on the wet, soggy playground.
- Cookies that are fresh from the oven smell so good!
"That are fresh from the oven" is an adjective clause telling what kind of cookie