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  1. Adjectives!

  2. What’s astinkin’ adjective anyway? • An adjective modifies or describes a noun or pronoun. • The most common adjectives are “a,” “an,” and “the.” These three adjectives are called articles. • ARTICLES ARE ALWAYS ADJECTIVES!

  3. So what about the rest of the adjectives? • Adjectives (that aren’t articles) answer four questions about the noun/pronoun they modify: • What kind? • Which one? • How many? • How much?

  4. What kind? • famous song (What kind of song? A famous song.) • squeaky noise (What kind of noise? A squeaky noise.) • green light (What kind of light? A green light.)

  5. How much? • some music (How much music? Some music.) • more room (How much room? More room.) • less energy (How much energy? Less energy.)

  6. How many? • one dollar (How many dollars? One dollar.) • three singers (How many singers? Three singers.) • several years (How many years? Several years.)

  7. Which one? • this star (Which star? This star.) • that way (Which way? That way.) • these words (Which words? These words.) …but WAIT! Aren’t these the “pointing pronouns”?

  8. DANGER! DANGER! • Sometimes words can function as a pronoun OR an adjective. It depends on the context! • For example: Some of the people received tickets. Some people received tickets.

  9. How can I be sure something’s an adjective and not a pronoun? • The easiest way is the use the 4 adjective questions! • Next, look for an “of” phrase! If you see one, it is probably a PRONOUN! • Ex: Some of the people received tickets. (pronoun!) • Finally, try “the substitution rule.” If it works, it’s probably an adjective! • You can substitute one adjective for another. • Since articles are always adjectives, use one to try it! • Ex:Some people received tickets. (adjective!) • Careful: Doesn’t always work! • The jacket was blue.

  10. Proper Adjectives • Proper adjectives are formed from proper nouns (nouns that indicate a specific person, place, thing, or idea). • Because they are PROPER, they are CAPITALIZED! • They often end in -n, -an, -ian, -ese, -ish • Examples: Portuguese, Chinese, Egyptian, North American, Chicagoan, Swedish, etc.

  11. So why is it important to be able to use adjectives effectively?

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  14. SO… We can see that appropriate, thoughtful adjective use makes language more colorful, precise, and interesting!

  15. 1. Karaoke became a major trend in Japan and around the world.2. The machine is a Japanese invention.3. The concept is not a new one, however.4. American television featured shows in which joyous people sang.5. The word “karaoke” means “empty orchestra.” Let’s practice identifying adjectives! Wahoo!

  16. Hot Mess of a Locker Write a notably vivid description of the messiest locker you can imagine. It should be two sides of a double-spaced handwritten page, or one double-spaced typed page (MLA formatted). Highlight all of the adjectives, with the exception of the articles. Make it as memorable as possible! If it exceeds one page, staple it or I will not accept it!

  17. The End! …or is it?