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Adjectives/Adverbs

MODULE #2
ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS

HINT SHEET

ADJECTIVES modify nouns and pronouns.

They answer the questions

WHICH? The blue book was found.

Which book? the blue one.

WHAT KIND OF? The sharp metal edge cut my skin.

What kind of edge? sharp edge

metal edge

HOW MANY? Three little pigs lived in a house.

How many pigs? three pigs

What kind of pigs? little pigs.

ADVERBS modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.

They answer the questions

HOW? We walked quickly. Walked how? quickly

WHEN? We arrived later. Arrived when? later

WHERE? We climbed up. Climbed where? up

TO WHAT DEGREE? It is unusually hot. To what degree is it hot? unusually

You can tell how a word is used by what it modifies.

It was a slow day. Slow modifies day, a noun. Slow is an adjective.

She was smart. Smart modifies she, a pronoun. Smart is an adjective.

They argued effectively. Effectively modifies argued, a verb. Effectively is an adverb.

It was moderately expensive. Moderately modifies expensive, an adjective. Moderately is an adverb.

We'll leave very soon. Very modifies soon, an adverb. Very is an adverb.

Module #2 also briefly reviews the four basic sentence patterns:

SUBJECT--ACTION VERB

SUBJECT--ACTION VERB--DIRECT OBJECT

SUBJECT--ACTION VERB--INDIRECT OBJECT--DIRECT OBJECT

SUBJECT--LINKING VERB--SUBJECT COMPLEMENT

See Module #1 for a thorough review of basic sentence patterns.

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