Grammar Lesson: The Noun-Adjective-Pronoun Question
When is a specific word a noun? an adjective? a pronoun? Great questions!
- Sometimes, a noun is used as an adjective. This is true for the word garden in the sentence, "The garden display attracted many visitors" since garden describes the type of display.
- Examples of when a noun is a noun and when it acts as an adjective are found in the following sentences.
- Joseph left his empty glass on the table. (noun)
- Joseph left his cup on the glass table. (adjective)
- Sometimes, a pronoun is simply a pronoun. In other instances, it is an adjective and a pronoun at the same time and is then called a pronoun-adjective.
- Several of the watches were expensive. (Several is simply a pronoun since it replaces the names of various watches.)
- Several watches were expensive. (Several is a pronoun-adjective that describes the noun watches.)
- The ball sailed through the window. (noun)
- The ball sailed through the window pane. (adjective)
- Many of these computers were recently purchased. (Many is a pronoun that replaces the names of the computers.)
- Many computers were recently purchased. (Many is a pronoun-adjective that describe the noun computers.)
- Some of the roads were repaired. (pronoun only)
- Some roads were repaired. (pronoun-adjective)
On a separate sheet of paper, write three additional examples of the noun-adjective-pronoun concept featured on this page.
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