Posted by: episystechpubs | January 22, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Unpack Your Adjectives

Today I introduce you to our third part of speech: adjectives.

· The first role of adjectives is to modify nouns. When adjectives modify nouns they come before the noun.

Examples (the adjectives are in bold, the nouns are italicized):

o big, hairy toe

o auburn curls

o vicious hamster

· The second role is as predicate adjectives. What the heck are predicate adjectives, you ask? These are adjectives that modify the linking verbs we talked about. (The “predicate” is the part of the sentence that contains the verb.) As stated in The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage, “As predicate adjectives, adjectives follow linking (descriptive) verbs and describe the subject.”

Examples (the predicate adjectives are in bold, the verb is italicized):

o The breadsmelled delicious.

o Charlie is happy.

o The caterpillarbecame restless.

We are going to concentrate on adjectives that modify nouns for the next day or so. Until then, I have another trip down memory lane for you with Schoolhouse Rock.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

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