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Adjectives Telling What
Kind
and How Many


     An adjective describes a noun (person, place, or thing).
 

     An adjective tells more about a noun (person, place, or thing).
 

     An adjective makes a sentence more interesting.
 

     An adjective effects the meaning of a sentence.  
 

            An adjective can be used to tell what kind or how many?
                    Color
, size, and number words are adjectives.
                                           

We went to a party.

We went to a birthday party.

If you were going to a party, wouldn't you want to know what kind of party it was?

The first sentence was changed by adding the adjective "birthday", to describe the noun "party." Now you know what kind of party it is.

This is important information. Knowing what kind affects the meaning of the sentence. You wouldn't want to go to a birthday party without bringing a wrapped present, would you?

Color words are adjectives.

Please buy me a dress.

Please buy me a pink dress.

If someone were buying you a dress, wouldn't it be nice to pick your favorite color?

The first sentence was changed by adding the adjective "pink" to describe the noun "dress."

This is important information. Telling what color dress you'd like will prevent you from getting a color that you do not like.

                An adjective can be also be used to tell how many.
                                  Number words
are adjectives.

                                           

The batter had balls and strikes.

The batter had three balls
and two strikes.

If you were watching your favorite team play baseball, wouldn't you want to know how many balls and strikes the batter had?

The first sentence was changed by adding the adjectives "three" and "two" to describe the nouns "balls" and "strikes."

I bet you're sitting on the edge of your seat wondering whether the batter struck out or walked to first base! Knowing how many has an effect on the meaning of the sentence.

Use adjectives when you write and speak.
Pay careful attention to how authors use adjectives in their writing.

                      Adjectives are important because they...
                
 describe a noun (person, place, or thing).
                
  tell more about a noun (person, place, or thing).
                
  make a sentence more interesting.
                
  affect the meaning of a sentence.

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