An adjective is a word that describes a person, place, or thing. There are many different kinds of adjectives. There are limiting adjectives such as a, an, and the; demonstrative adjectives such as this, that, those, and these; and possessive adjectives such as his, her, their, our, its, your, and my.
Another form of adjective is a descriptive adjective, which describes a person, place, or thing. Sometimes it answers the question, "What kind?" Descriptive adjectives are italicized below.
tired, grumpy student
heavy, leather briefcase
courageous, invincible warrior
intelligent, influential official
Often the adjectives come before the person, place, or thing, as in the sentences below.
Sometimes the adjectives come after the noun or pronoun, as in the examples below.
Some descriptive adjectives end in suffixes like these:
comfortable, lovable, washable, believable, suitable, breakable, adaptable, teachable, amiable, amicable
unusual, natural, eventual, casual, gradual, final, mutual, historical, congressional, trial, medical
joyful, hopeful, graceful, thankful, helpful, tuneful, wishful, fanciful, peaceful, soulful
terrible, sensible, visible, possible, incredible, forcible, credible, contemptible, edible, divisible
anemic, emphatic, sarcastic, strategic, stoic, autocratic, heroic, terrific, magnetic
sensitive, creative, expensive, decorative, secretive, decisive, extensive, elusive, submissive, sportive, legislative, inactive, attractive
tireless, fearless, useless, careless, hopeless, defenseless, lawless, penniless, painless, ceaseless
enormous, poisonous, famous, curious, dangerous, horrendous, gorgeous, notorious, ambiguous, contemptuous, judicious
funny, tasty, cheery, windy, sunny, salty, shiny, hasty, witty, nosy, hilly, crazy, snooty, greedy
Write each descriptive adjective in sentences 1-9.
Descriptive adjectives help us to draw pictures using words. They make our writing more precise and more interesting. For example, clouds can be high, low, scattered, billowy, puffy, wispy, animal-shaped, ominous, gloomy, dark, white, gray, or crimson. Stars can be gleaming, faint, distant, twinkling, bright, or dim. A nose can be bulbous, straight, pug, thin, swollen, glossy, purple, or runny. Eyes can be bloodshot, clear, sparkling, healthy, sunken, round, protruding, slanted, squinting, glazed, hazel, or almond-shaped. Hair can be greasy, stringy, blonde, brunette, coarse, fine, thick, thin, curly, straight, wavy, poofy, matted, shiny, or dull. When we write, we can use descriptive adjectives to create more detailed pictures.
For sentences 1-4, replace each blank with a descriptive adjective to add more detail: