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Check Out These Adjectives Examples (Sentences and 3+ Activities)

Speech-language pathologists and other educators know how important it is to teach adjectives. SLPs and educators know that comprehension of grammar and sentence structure within sentences is for reading comprehension. In addition to enhancing comprehension, using adjectives can increase overall expressive language abilities, as well as written expression. Students can express their thoughts and emotions more clearly when using adjectives within spoken and written language. Adjectives provide vivid descriptions in sentences and are essential components of creative writing. This blog post includes adjectives examples sentences. In addition, it explains common types of adjectives (such as descriptive adjectives, coordinate adjectives, compound adjectives, comparative adjectives, superlative adjectives, and predicate adjectives), and recommends effective activities and goals for grammar and sentence structure. 

This blog post defines adjectives and explains different types of adjectives. It also provides adjectives examples in sentences.

What Is an Adjective?

An adjective is a modifier. Modifiers are words that tell more information, or additional information. Adjectives can be a great way to add detail to sentences.

This blog post provides adjectives examples ( definition, activities, and sentences) for speech therapy and special education

What part of speech is an adjective?

Adjectives are parts of speech that describe nouns or pronouns- in other words, they tell us more information about them. This is the most basic definition of a simple adjective.

Adjectives answer questions such as:

  • Which one?
  • What kind?
  • How many?

Adjective Examples

The following examples of adjectives include adjectives that provide a little bit more descriptive information for the noun:

  • small kitten
  • yellow flower
  • sunny day
  • happy children
  • large elephant
  • red dress

Example sentences include:

  • The small kitten purred.
  • The red bird flew.
This is a grammar worksheet for speech therapy or special education. It explains what adjectives are and provides examples of adjectives.

Adjectives can describe the appearance, color, sound, taste, personality, quantity, material, size, and shape of a noun or pronoun. 

Adjectives of quality might describe appearance or color. 

Adjectives of quantity describe “how many” or “how much” (such as “some” or “all”).

References: 

What Is an Adjective and How We Use Them? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.poised.com/blog/adjective

(N.d.). Retrieved from https://www.twinkl.com/teaching-wiki/adjective

Definitive Adjectives vs Indefinite Adjectives

Definitive adjectives provide specific information about a noun or pronoun (for example, “blue dress”).

Indefinite adjectives are the opposite- they don’t provide specific information. An example might be “some dogs”.

In a way, it’s like being “really specific” versus “really generic”. 

Reference:

Indefinite Adjectives. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.grammarflip.com/curriculum/indefinite-adjectives

Turito. (2023). Adjectives: Quality, Quantity and Sensory: Turito. Retrieved from https://www.turito.com/learn/english/adjective-grade-5

What Is an Adjective Phrase?

An adjective phrase is a group of words that contains at least one adjective and modifies, or describes, a noun or a pronoun.

For example, “the small, blue circle” is an adjective phrase.

Reference: 

reviewed byIryna Andrus / more about Editorial Process. (n.d.). Adjective Phrases in English: Promova Grammar. Retrieved from https://promova.com/english-grammar/adjective-phrase

This is a grammar worksheet called "Adjectives Describe Nouns". It can be used with 2nd graders or 3rd graders working on grammar or sentence structure skills in speech therapy and special education.

Using Adjectives in Sentences

In what specific order might you use an adjective in a sentence?

Adjectives can occur before a noun.  For example, we might use the sentence “The cute puppy barked”.  

In this example, the adjective ‘cute’ came before the subject of the sentence (our noun) ‘puppy’.

Adjectives can also occur after a noun. Predicative adjectives, for example, follow a linking verb and occur after a noun. 

Reference: 

Ryan, E. (2023). What Is an Adjective?: Definition, Types & Examples. Retrieved from https://www.scribbr.com/parts-of-speech/adjectives/

Linking verbs can be paired with predicate adjectives and predicate nominatives

For example, “Kate is happy”. In this example, we are describing our subject “Kate” as “happy”. 

The predicate adjective is “happy”, and if we were diagramming this sentence, we would place it on the predicate line with the verb. 

Now, if we said “Kate is a teacher”, we would be pairing a linking verb with a predicate nominative (noun). 

Types of Adjectives

What type of adjective are you using in your sentence?

It turns out, there are many different types of adjectives!

As a quick note, you might see proper adjectives (which are capitalized and derived from proper nouns, like “Roman sculpture”) and common adjectives (which are not capitalized, such as “tall sculpture”, “blue eyes”, and “hot stove”). 

Here are a few of the most common types of adjectives.

References: 

Types of adjectives: 12 different forms to know (no date) YourDictionary. Available at: https://www.yourdictionary.com/articles/types-adjectives (Accessed: 23 December 2023). 

Ryan, E. (2023). What Is an Adjective?: Definition, Types & Examples. Retrieved from https://www.scribbr.com/parts-of-speech/adjectives/

Descriptive Adjectives

This type of adjective describes a noun. 

For example, you might describe a cat as “furry”.

Coordinate Adjectives

Sometimes, we use multiple adjectives to describe a single noun.

You might describe a “small, furry, adorable kitten”. 

Read about a link of common descriptive words

Compound Adjectives

Curious about compound adjectives? 

Compound adjectives are simply adjectives that are made up of two or more words.

Examples might include “short-term”, “well-behaved”, or “ice-cold”. 

Comparative Adjectives

SLPs target comparative adjectives in speech therapy.

The comparative form of an adjective is used to compare two things.

The suffix -er can be used to form comparative adjectives. For example, by adding -er to the word “small”, you create the comparative adjective “smaller”.

This is a picture of a suffix activity for speech therapy that features a comparative adjective.

Resource Pictured: Morphological Activities for Speech Therapy

Superlative Adjectives

Adjectives that show a comparison of three or more things are called superlative adjectives.

Superlative forms of adjectives can be formed by adding the -est suffix. For example, you might describe the “smallest” mouse or the “tallest” student.

Some superlative adjectives that are two syllables or more are created by adding the words “more” or “least” in front. Check out the rules here

This is a picture of a superlative adjective suffix activity for speech therapy and special education

Resource Pictured: Morphological Activities for Speech Therapy

Check out this list of comparatives and superlatives

Predicate Adjectives

As explained earlier in this post (scroll up to the ‘Using Adjectives in Sentences’ section if you’re curious!), predicate adjectives follow a linking verb.

These are adjectives that come after the subject (noun or pronoun).

An example of a predicate adjective might be “Jim is smart“. 

Possessive Adjectives

Adjectives that show possession, or ownership, are possessive adjectives. 

An example might be “I walked my dog”. 

Another example of a possessive adjective could be “He wore his hat”.

I included the adjectives that I feel are most relevant for a speech-language pathologist to reference in a speech therapy session.  This article defines even more adjectives. 

​Grammar Goals

Needs ideas for goal writing? Check out this grammar goals article to get started! 

Grammar Activities

Are you looking to target adjectives and other parts of speech or sentence parts with your students? 

Check out these fun and effective grammar and sentence structure activities.

Entire Year of Grammar and Sentence Structure

Looking for a comprehensive program to truly target all of the foundational grammar and syntax skills?

You’ll want to check out The Entire Year of Grammar and Sentence Structure (and yes, it includes a lesson targeting adjectives). 

There are versions for 2nd-3rd graders and 4th through 5th graders

This is a picture of a grammar activity for speech therapy that teaches students how to use sentence diagramming to understand adjectives.

These lessons contain a grammar review, as well as:

  • Identifying parts of speech and sentence parts
  • Manipulating sentences and sentence fill-in
  • Sentence Diagramming

​Michelle G, SLP, reviewed, “These materials are fantastic! The lessons are clearly organized and help make grammar and syntax digestible!  I am in the early stages with a couple of my students, but I am noticing that these concepts and rules are starting to click for them!  Thank you.”

This is an adjectives lesson for speech therapy and special education. It explains what an adjective is.

Language Manicure

Okay, so this resource covers a variety of areas of language, but adjectives are included!

Your older students will have a blast doing “manicures” while working on language skills.

Simply pick out a play dough color (to represent the “nail polish”), and answer each question. 

By the end, your student will have practiced answering all questions AND have had a pretty fun “salon” experience.

This resource targets the following skill areas:

-regular past tense verbs

-irregular past tense verbs

-regular plurals

-irregular plurals

-creating sentences using spatial vocabulary

-creating sentences using coordinating conjunctions

-creating sentences using subordinating conjunctions

-creating sentences using pronouns

-story elements/ story retelling (open-ended)

-creating sentences using modals

-adjectives

-multiple meanings

-antonyms

-synonyms

-homophones

Summary

In summary, this article defined an adjective. It explained the difference between a common adjective and a proper adjective. It also explained the importance of the use of adjectives within spoken and written language. It also contained adjectives example sentences, and listed some common types of adjectives, which can include descriptive adjectives, coordinate adjectives, compound adjectives, comparative adjectives, superlative adjectives, and predicate adjectives.

Speech-language pathologists working on morphology may wish to work on comparative and superlative adjectives.

Here are two morphology activities for SLPs:

These grammar and sentence structure activities and programs may be useful for teaching adjectives to students in speech therapy and special education:

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