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Technical English - ESLI-595: Adjectives

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DEFINITION

ADJECTIVE: An adjective describes (or modifies) a noun, pronoun, or verbs that indicate a state of being. 

Practice

Although these games and quizzes are designed for K-12 students, they provide very useful practice with immediate feedback. 

Comparisons

Using more, most,-er and -est to describe degree.    

Positive Degree Comparative Degree Superlative Degree
plausible more plausible  most plausible 
convenient more convenient most convenient 
big bigger biggest
small smaller smallest

 

Some comparisons and superlatives diverge from the -er and -est pattern. The following forms are irregular. 

Positive Degree Comparative Degree Superlative Degree
far (distance) farther farthest
far (extent) further furthest
little  less least 
good better best
bad worse worst
well  better best
much, many, some  more  most

Adjectives

USE EXAMPLE
Use an adjective to modify a noun. Look at that slimy toad!
Use an adjective to modify a pronoun I don't like the heels on those shoes. They are clunky.  
Use an adjective to modify a verb that expresses a state of being I feel bad about canceling our plans.

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