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Adjectives Practice Exercises for English Grammar

By — McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Aug 12, 2011

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Adjectives for English Grammar

  1. In the following sentences, classify the adjectives as descriptive, limiting, or proper as shown in these examples:
  2. The lecturer spent his time on French culture, not history.

    Beautiful volumes have appeared in that series.

    1. Improper accounting almost ruined her catering business.
    2. Careful analysis uncovered several flaws in his experimental data.
    3. Mexican food is not favored by his parents.
    4. Poor Willy lost his Irish setter.
    5. One dish does not a perfect meal make.
  1. In the following sentences, identify the italicized limiting adjectives as demonstrative, indefinite, interrogative, numerical, possessive, or relative as shown in these examples:
    1. His ignorance was matched by his stupidity.
    2. Eleven players are needed if we are to have a good game.
    3. She asked advice of her mother before cooking breakfast for her sisters.
    4. That shirt goes well with both my suits.
    5. What nonsense are you telling me?
    6. Police officers whose only duties are clerical receive the same pay that all patrol officers receive.
    7. Each sentence he spoke revealed his disappointment.
    8. No decent person would ever hold such opinions.
    9. Parents whose children play baseball have been known to carry on like maniacs.
    10. Their turn is next in the examining room.
    11. His shoelaces were untied once again.
    12. Which channel did she waste her time on last night?
    13. The first point to remember is that her role is worthy of recognition.
    14. That boy will be the only one in your class.
    15. Any student who uses material without proper attribution is guilty of plagiarism.
  1. In the following sentences, underline the predicate adjectives as shown in these examples:
  2. He will act happier as time goes by.

    Dick became an editor. (none)

    1. This print looks fine to me.
    2. Jane's story was excellent.
    3. Henry's first novel was exciting.
    4. She felt bad.
    5. I feel better this morning.
    6. Her hair appeared radiant.
    7. Bob's nose has become larger.
    8. This is the best novel I own.
    9. Jenny appears disconsolate.
    10. Pogo acts sad when Ray leaves for work.
  1. Insert adjectives in appropriate positions in the following sentences as shown in these examples:
  2. oldest     The brother played the role of father to the five children.

    happy     Many patients in mental hospitals appear despite their troubles.

    1. fresh     We hoped that trout would satisfy his hunger.
    2. rare     Books were his sole source of satisfaction.
    3. Italian     The Metropolitan no longer relies solely on opera.
    4. ripe     The pear was treat enough for the child.
    5. exciting     Some novels are so that I cannot put them down.
  1. Supply the proper comparative or superlative forms of the adjectives in the following sentences, as shown in these examples:
  2.       Dorothy was a (good) cook than her sister. __better__

          Julian was the (good) copywriter in New York City. __best__

    1. Broccoli usually tastes (good) when cooked in oil than in butter. _____
    2. I believe my social security checks will be (small) than yours. _____
    3. The (young) student in the class may not always be the most precocious. _____
    4. I found his style (suitable) to fiction than to journalism. _____
    5. Hawaii formerly had the (broad) ethnic mixture of any state. _____
    6. Richard finds his new assistant (competent) than he expected. _____
    7. A fine painting is worth more aesthetically than the (good) photograph money can buy. _____
    8. Of all the paintings by Renoir in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the (good) one is practically ignored by the public. _____
    9. I believe the coastline of California is (long) than that of any other state in the country. _____
    10. I believe California has the (long) coastline in the country. _____
  1. In the following sentences, underline the adjective phrases as shown in these examples:
  2.       The girl with the flaxen hair is my daughter.

          The light at the end of the tunnel is dim.

    1. Communication between you and me is no longer satisfactory.
    2. Assistance for indigent persons is a social obligation.
    3. Hats are not worn as often as milliners with failing businesses would like.
    4. The applicants with little hope are complaining loudly.
    5. Those with substantial fortunes are happiest about the stock market.
    6. Gardens between houses are well tended in my town.
    7. The best of the Impressionist paintings have never been shown in the United States.
    8. The view through my window is as lively as ever.
    9. The telephone lines to Europe are seldom out.
    10. He found that the lesion on his right lung was healing rapidly.
  1. In the following sentences, underline the adjective clauses as shown in these examples:
  2.       The evidence they left behind was enough to incriminate them.

          Instructors who wish to teach well must prepare their lectures carefully.

    1. They found the papers that had been missing for many years.
    2. These animals, which are indigenous to Africa, will not survive in cold climates.
    3. Engineers, who are skillful in interpreting scientific data, are not usually capable of conducting original research.
    4. Children who find their immediate desires blocked may react by throwing temper tantrums.
    5. Wines of quality that have been stored properly will retain their bouquet for years.
    6. Books I have treasured since childhood still intrigue me today.
    7. He found a wounded animal that had managed to survive without care.
    8. The meal he plans to cook today will be rich in flavor.
    9. The tree she felled with her little hatchet is surprisingly large.
    10. Anyone who has found himself unable to find a job will sympathize with those who are habitually unemployed.
  1. In the following sentences, underscore the adjective clauses, identify them as restrictive or nonrestrictive, and supply any punctuation needed, as shown in these examples:
  2.       I gave the money to the one who needed it most.   restrictive

          Apple trees, which are both beautiful and productive, do not live forever.  nonrestrictive

    1. He learned little from the research papers he wrote in his English courses.   _____
    2. Ships of Panamanian registry that were active in the period between the two world wars are still seen today.   _____
    3. Curries that have been left unrefrigerated lose their attractive taste rapidly.   _____
    4. Pets that have served their masters well are often allowed to die in pain.   _____
    5. She has a smile that conveys gratitude but little warmth.   _____
    6. The book I consult most often is the dictionary.   _____
    7. African-Americans who have made many important cultural contributions to our country are often reviled by the ignorant.   _____
    8. Swiss cheese which has a distinctive texture and appearance is sold throughout the world.   _____
    9. More maple syrup is processed in New York State than in Vermont which calls itself the world leader in maple syrup production.   _____
    10. The multinational corporation which is a relatively new phenomenon has become a powerful force in international politics as well as economics.   _____
  1. Insert that or which in the following sentences and supply needed punctuation, as shown in these examples:
  2.       Clothing that we buy with our own money fits well.

          This coat, which I bought in a pawn shop, fits better than I expected.

    1. The pipe I left behind was one of the best I ever owned.
    2. My last dollar I wanted to spend on food was supposed to keep me alive until payday.
    3. Two quarts of milk cost much less than a pound of meat have more food value as far as I am concerned.
    4. Yesterday's newspaper was left on my doorstep belongs to my neighbor.
    5. The message the fiery minister conveys is not to be ignored.
  1. In the following sentences, underline the nouns used as adjectives as shown in these examples:
  2.       Such a woman was once known as a grass widow.

          Give me the bachelor life.

    1. The senator could do with a little book learning.
    2. Farmer cheese is hard to find in supermarkets.
    3. After he left the police force, he became a store detective.
    4. Phonograph records are no longer sold in most music stores.
    5. Progressive furniture manufacturers employ industrial designers.
  1. In the following sentences, underline the adjectives used as nouns, as shown in these examples:
  2.       The lame and the halt gathered before her.

          He was expert in treating the old as well as the young.

    1. The proud will one day have to learn humility.
    2. Our country has always been known for its sympathy for the poor.
    3. The race is not always to the swift.
    4. The wealthy are turned away along with the indigent.
    5. Who is there among us who does not respect the learned?
  1. In the following sentences, underline the participles used as adjectives, as shown in these examples:
  2.       Running water is often fit for drinking by animals, but not by human beings.

          Changing quickly to his official uniform, the police officer began to pursue the suspect.

    1. Some cities actually defaulted on their bonds, sold as safe investments.
    2. Undeterred by the teacher's warnings, the class continued to delay work on the final project.
    3. Struggling against the undertow, Alice managed to reach shore.
    4. Sprinkled lightly on a salad, rosemary can bring out the flavor of the most common garden lettuce.
    5. Police officers, victimized by crime themselves, often harbor fear and hostility toward ordinary citizens.
    6. Many of my books, unopened on my library shelves, ought to be given to hospitals or to the Salvation Army.
    7. She finally abandoned the project, finding it dull and unrewarding.
    8. Harassed and dispirited, Lucy decided to give up the oboe.
    9. Gasping for breath, the marathon runners completed the long race.
    10. Once achieved, a college education can be regarded with some affection.
  1. Where necessary, correct the following sentences as shown in these examples:
    1. Running as hard as possible, my breath was hard to catch.
    2. Considering her the least likely candidate for the office, I ignored her completely.
    3. After having walked in circles for three hours, the way was lost
    4. Being studious at that college, the library was heavily used.
    5. Once cooked, I can enjoy a fine roast.
    6. After I have dined well, I am quite content to sit dreaming at the opera.
    7. Considering everything he has done for the party, his defeat was a complete surprise.
    8. Stuck in traffic for hours, a feeling of despair is no surprise.
    9. While sitting quietly before a wood fire, the noisy children are a nuisance to young and old.
    10. Upon meeting old friends, one's natural response is pleasure.
  1. In the following sentences, underscore the infinitives and the infinitive phrases used as adjectives and identify the elements they modify, as shown in these examples:
  2.       We all have our own lives to lead.   lives

          She wanted permission to arrest the offending motorist.   permission

    1. The full jury will surely reconsider its vote to acquit.   _____
    2. Well prepared food to suit the happy occasion was served all day long.   _____
    3. Fortunate cats have owners to feed them.   _____
    4. His work consisted solely of music to dance to.   _____
    5. Judy hoped to find a good biography to read.   _____
    6. She always had a smart joke to meet every situation.   _____
    7. The correct tool to use for this job is a rubber mallet.   _____
    8. The minister gave her parishioners permission to miss Sunday services.   _____
    9. Eileen predictably said she had no clothes to wear.   _____
    10. The first reporter to cover the story will get a byline.   _____
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