Grammar Lesson: The Adjective Phrase

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Dec 13, 2010

An adjective phrase is a prepositional phrase that modifies a noun or a pronoun. This phrase answers the question Which one? The adjective phrase follows right after the noun or pronoun that it modifies or describes. Generally, if you cannot logically move the prepositional phrase within the sentence, it is most often an adjective phrase. Remember that an adjective phrase contains no verb.

The adjective phrases are underlined in these sentences.

    Some programs at our local library were requested last year. (Which programs? the ones in our local library)
    These women in this photograph are my aunts. (Which women? the ones in the photograph)
    The programs on her favorite television station are often repeated. (Which programs? the ones on her favorite television station)


If the underlined prepositional phrase is an adjective phrase, write YES on the line before the sentence. If it is not, write NO.

  1. ____ In the morning the cook prepares many different meals.
  2. ____ The car in our driveway was recently purchased.
  3. ____ These cameras near the office building are huge.
  4. ____ We were more than happy with the new arrangements.
  5. ____ Nicole has been traveling on many business trips lately.


Numbers 2 and 3 are YES; numbers 1, 4, and 5 are NO.

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