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Understanding ADJECTIVES

How to Identify an Adjective in a Sentence

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Step 1: Identify the Nouns
Since an adjective’s main task is to modify a noun, adjectives are always placed before or after a noun. So it is important to identify the noun first. Just look for words that name people, places, or things.
Jane bought a new dress.

Her bag is red.

Rita slept in my old room.

Twelve students passed the final exam.

Step 2: Look at Nearby Words
Now that you have identified the nouns check if there are any words nearby that describe or modify the nouns.
Note: Attributive adjectives are placed directly in front of the noun. But, predicative adjectives are not placed directly after the noun. When the adjective follows the noun, there is always a state verb between them.
Jane bought a new dress.
Her bag is red.
Rita slept in my old room.
Twelve students passed the final exam.

Step 3: Use Questions to Recheck
Adjectives answer the following questions about the noun:
Which?
What kind of?
How many?
See if the words you have identified as adjectives answer any one of these questions. If they can answer these questions, they are without a doubt adjectives.

Jane bought a new dress.
What kind of dress? a new dress
Her bag is red.
What kind of bag? a red bag
Rita slept in my old room.

Which room? my old room
Twelve students passed the final exam.
Which exam? final exam
How many students? twelve students


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