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Adjectives & Adverbs

Part 1: Adjectives

Adjectives and adverbs, the two kinds of modifiers or describing words, can be distinguished from each other by the kinds of things they describe. Adjectives describe things, and adverbs describe action or other describing words.

Using Adjectives

Adjectives are describing words that answer the questions "what kind of thing?" or "which thing?"

Examples (the italicized words are adjectives):

• The national economy
• The friendly neighbor
• The up-to-date report

Not all adjectives are just one word. Notice the multiple-word adjectives in the following sentences:

• The half-done report is on the desk.
• He gave us a "get-lost-before-I-get-mad" look.
• The man who wanted the report was referred to us.


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