What Are Adjectives?
Learning how to use adjectives seems to come naturally to most, but there are some great ways to help increase your children’s adjective vocabulary. Let’s jump into the basics of descriptive language and begin your adjective journey!
What Is an Adjective?
What Do Adjectives Do?
They tell us more information about a person, place, or thing!
Age? Young adults go to high school.
Color? My purple coat keeps me warm.
Material? My computer is in the leather bag.
Origin? The Irish setter barks at night.
Opinion? That’s a horrible taste!
Observation? The broken doorbell doesn’t ring.
Purpose? Mom’s coffee mug needs to be cleaned.
Size? The huge tree shades the picnic.
Shape? The box is rectangular.
Adjectives help us answer more specific questions, like “How many?” or “What kind?” or “Which one?”
How many points did he score? He scored twelve points.
What kind of books do you like? I like picture books.
Which shoes do you like best? The sequined shoes are my favorite.
Where Can I Find Adjectives in a Sentence?
Where a word appears and what it’s doing in the sentence are two clues to identifying an adjective. They only appear in certain places and always give more information.Use the following chart to sleuth out an adjective:
|Description||Word Type||Adjective||Word Type||Examples|
|Before a Noun||-||Adjective||Noun||green tree|
|Between an Article & a Noun||Article |
a - an - the
|Adjective||Noun||a shiny ring|
an orange hat
the huge cat
|Between a Possessive & a Noun||Possessive|
my - your - his - her - our - their
|Adjective||Noun||her black dog|
their messy room
Jordan’s rusted bike
|Between a Demonstrative & a Noun||Demonstrative|
this - that - these - those
|Adjective||Noun||this rocky road|
those colorful cupcakes
|Between an Amount Word & a Noun||Amount Word|
all - few - most - some
|Adjective||Noun||all young women|
most boring subjects
|Complement||Subject||“to be” verb||Adjective||He is funny.|
They are tired.
Our house is small.
Adjectives are used to describe people, places, things, and ideas. It is fun for kids to learn adjectives, because it gives them the ability to more accurately describe and explains things around them. In addition, adjectives add color and interest to sentences. Turtle Diary's learn about adjective games describes the different types of adjectives including limiting adjectives, comparative adjectives and superlative adjectives. Our games are designed to engage kids in learning using colorful and fun animation graphics to teach these important grammar concepts. Our interactive adjective game is perfect for kids to play in the classroom, at home or even on the go.