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Adjectives: Grammar Review Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

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Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise: Identify the Adjectives

Can you identify the adjectives in the following sentences? Check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. Leslie bought a new white-and-silver beach cruiser.
  2. Her old bike had a broken rim and pedal.
  3. Every weekend, she rode on the wooden boardwalk at the local beach.
  4. Her father will repair her damaged bike and paint it blue and red.
  5. Then, Leslie will give it to her younger brother, Matthew.

Practice Exercise: Indefinite Articles

See if you can correctly place the indefinite articles a or an in front of each noun. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. ___ hour
  2. ___ inspector
  3. ___ umbrella
  4. ___ yellow jacket
  5. ___ European
  6. ___ upperclassman
  7. ___ ounce
  8. ___ one-eyed monster
  9. ___ unicorn
  10. ___ honest person
  11. ___ house
  12. ___ unique opportunity
  13. ___ earthworm
  14. ___ university
  15. ___ hollow log

Practice Exercise: Proper Adjective

Can you revise the following phrases to change the proper noun into a proper adjective? For instance, the phrase the students from Japan becomes the Japanese students. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. some grapefruits from Florida
  2. the ancient empire belonging to the Mayas
  3. a symphony by Mozart
  4. a pyramid in Egypt
  5. a store in Paris

Practice Exercise: Demonstrative Adjective, Demonstrative Pronoun, or a Possessive Adjective

Can you tell whether the italicized word in the sentence is a demonstrative adjective, a demonstrative pronoun, or a possessive adjective? Check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. This is an adorable puppy. Just look at its eyes.
  2. That toothbrush belongs to Emily, not Keith. This one is his.
  3. Hopefully, my payment will reach this company on time.
  4. These are really delicious. May I have more please?
  5. The peanuts in their bag are boiled; these in our bag are roasted.

Practice Exercise: Using Adjectives To Compare

Choose the correct form of the comparative or superlative adjective that best completes each sentence. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. Victoria's dog, Shadow, is the (friendlier, friendliest) dog I've ever met.
  2. Which is (cuter, cutest), the yellow purse with flowers or the pink purse with stripes?
  3. President Lincoln is one of the (most famous, famousest) U.S. presidents.
  4. Jack's piano lesson went (good, well) because he practiced every day.
  5. Sheila is (happiest, most happy) when she gets to nap during the afternoon.

Answers

Reminder: Adjectives (1) modify only nouns and (2) answer What kind? Which one? and How many? about the nouns they are modifying.

  1. Leslie bought a new white-and-silver beach cruiser.
  2. Her old bike had a broken rim and pedal.
  3. Every weekend, she rode on the wooden boardwalk at the local beach.
  4. Her father will repair her damaged bike and paint it blue and red.
  5. Then, Leslie will give it to her younger brother, Matthew.

Reminder: The indefinite article a is placed before words that begin with a consonant sound, and the indefinite article an is placed before words beginning with a vowel sound.

  1. an hour
  2. an inspector
  3. an umbrella
  4. a yellow jacket
  5. a European
  6. an upperclassman
  7. an ounce
  8. a one-eyed monster
  9. a unicorn
  10. an honest person
  11. a house
  12. a unique opportunity
  13. an earthworm
  14. a university
  15. a hollow log

Reminder: Proper adjectives (1) are proper nouns that behave like adjectives and (2) answer Which one? and What kind? about the nouns they are modifying.

  1. some grapefruits from Florida—Florida grapefruits
  2. the ancient empire belonging to the Mayas—the ancient Mayan empire
  3. a symphony by Mozart—a Mozart symphony
  4. a pyramid in Egypt—an Egyptian pyramid
  5. a store in Paris—a Parisian store

Reminder: Possessive adjectives are pronouns that imply something belongs to someone. Demonstrative adjectives (1) consist of the four words this, that, these, and those, which are always followed by a noun; and (2) answer the question Which one(s)? about the nouns they are modifying.

  1. This is … (demonstrative pronoun) … its eyes. (possessive adjective)
  2. That toothbrush … (demonstrative adjective) This one … (demonstrative adjective) … is his (possessive adjective)
  3. my payment … (possessive adjective) … this company (demonstrative adjective)
  4. These are … (demonstrative pronoun)
  5. their bag … (possessive adjective) these … (demonstrative pronoun) our bag … (possessive adjective)

Reminder: The comparative degree makes a comparison between only two nouns, and the superlative degree is used when more than two nouns are compared.

  1. Victoria's dog, Shadow, is the friendliest dog I've ever met.
  2. Which is cuter, the yellow purse with flowers or the pink purse with stripes?
  3. President Lincoln is one of the most famous U.S. presidents.
  4. Jack's piano lesson went well because he practiced every day.
  5. Sheila is happiest when she gets to nap during the afternoon
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