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Kinds Of Adjectives

1. The warm days are here.

2. The longest days come in June.

3. Three feet make one yard.

4. Seven days make one week.

5. This boy will do your errand.

6. Those books belong to Mary.

7. That man is Mr. Johnson.

8. These skates are Frank's.

9. He had little love for work.

10. There was much work to be done.

11. Some people remember favors.

12. Any man is liable to make mistakes.

13. No word came from the steamer.

14. Please make more haste.

15. The less talk the more work.

16. He opened the book at the sixth chapter, the tenth paragraph, the one hundred and eighth page.

17. The American, French, and English ambassadors are safe.

The italicised words in the above sentences show how different ideas of quality, quantity, and position may be conveyed by the use of different adjectives.

An adjective is a word used to modify a noun or a pronoun.

Adjectives may be divided as above into:

1. Adjectives of quality, or descriptive adjectives, which show what kind of a person or thing is meant.

1. Children like sweet apples.

2. She has an amiable disposition.

3. It is a beauteous evening, calm and clear.

2. Adjectives of quantity, which show how much or how many of anything is meant.

1. He paid two hundred dollars for the horse.

2. Sixteen ounces make a pound.

3. Any man here can do a little work.

Adjectives like "two hundred" and "sixteen" are sometimes called cardinal numerals.

3. Adjectives of position, which show what object is meant.

1. Deborah occupies the fourth seat in the seventh row.

2. Yonder elm was planted by my grandfather

3. This house is older than yours.

Adjectives like "fourth" and "seventh" are sometimes called ordinal numerals.

4. Proper adjectives, those derived from proper names. An English custom, a French fashion, an American invention.

Which and what, usually used as interrogative or relative pronouns, may be used as adjectives.

1. What book do you prefer?

2. Which boy came late?

3. He knew what value to place upon promises.

4. It was easy to see which boy led his class.


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