Limiting adjectives help to define, or "limit," a noun or pronoun. They tell "which one," "what kind," "how many," or "whose." There are six categories of limiting adjectives. They include articles, demonstrative adjectives, numbers, possessive adjectives (both pronouns and nouns), and indefinite adjectives.
Articles are the most commonly used adjectives, and they are also the shortest—a, an, and the.
We use a before words beginning with a consonant sound, and an before words beginning with a vowel sound. It is the sound and not the spelling that determines whether we use a or an:
a human being
Demonstrative adjectives tell WHICH ONE?
Numbers can function as limiting adjectives telling HOW MANY.
Both pronouns and nouns commonly function as limiting adjectives. They answer the question, WHOSE.
Possessive pronouns can function as adjectives telling WHOSE.
Possessive nouns function as adjectives telling WHOSE.
Indefinite adjectives tell HOW MANY.
Write each limiting adjective that you find in these sentences.
- I admire their efforts to help the poor.
- That restaurant gives its food to feed the homeless.
- I have one flavor of ice cream.
- Ted wants his ice cream in a cone.
- Have you washed your car?
- That cat ate the rest of my tuna.
- He has worked as a nurse for three or four months.
- Our assignment is to memorize these prepositions.
- Dr. Livingstone's dream of finding the source of the Nile never materialized.
- Few people pursue their dream for as many years as Dr. Livingstone did.
- Those mountains are the Adirondacks.
- One peak in this range is Mount Marcy.
- Many people visit these mountains.
- Our family enjoys the Appalachians.
- Dexter's son lives in the Adirondacks, part of the Appalachians.
- Those hikers carried few supplies.
- Does your state legislature govern its constituents wisely?
- A candidate will need many supporters to win this election.
- One senator voted for the bill.
- Those senators opposed the bill.
- their, the
- That, its, the
- Many, one
- Molly's, his, a
- That, the, my
- a, three, four
- Our, these
- Dr. Livingstone's, the, the
- Few, their, many
- Those, the
- One, this
- Many, these
- Our, the
- Dexter's, the, the
- Those, few
- your, its
- A, many, this
- One, the
- Those, the