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    The Adjective Questions

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    The Adjective Questions

    Knowing the adjective questions will help you understand and identify adjectives.

    Before we look at the questions, we need to make sure that you remember what adjectives are. Adjectives describe nouns and pronouns. 

    Grammar Poster of Adjectives (includes sentence diagramming)

    The wisehandsome owl had orange eyes.

    The, wise, and handsome are adjectives telling us more about the noun owl

    Orange is an adjective telling us more about the noun eyes

    What Are the Adjective Questions?

    Adjectives usually answer one of the following questions about the noun or pronoun that they are modifying.

    The Adjective Questions

     Which one?
    What kind?
    How many?

    The Adjective Questions

    Using the Adjective Questions

    Which one(s)?

    Alice wore the colorful outfit.

    • Which outfit? thecolorful

    The and colorful are adjectives modifying the noun outfit

    (The is a special kind of adjective called an article. and an are also articles.)

    What kind?

    Alice ate baby food. 

    • What kind of food? baby

    Baby is an adjective modifying the noun food.

    Note that words can act as different parts of speech in different sentences.

    In this sentence, baby is an adjective, but you can also use baby as a noun (She is our baby.) or a verb (Don't baby me!).

    How many?

    Alice drank several sips of water.

    • How many sips? several

    Several is an adjective modifying the noun sips.


    I can't find Alice's toys.

    • Whose toys? Alice's

    Alice's is an adjective telling us more about the noun toys.

    (Alice's is a possessive noun functioning as an adjective.)

    Adjectives & Diagramming Sentences

    Sentence diagrams give us a way to show how the words in our sentences are related to each other. Diagramming adjectives helps you see that they modify nouns and pronouns. Adjectives go on a slanted line under the noun or pronoun that they are modifying.

    Sentence Diagram

    We had hot coffee and two eggs for breakfast.

    • Hot is an adjective describing the noun coffee. (What kind of coffee? hot coffee)
    • Two is an adjective modifying the noun eggs. (How many eggs? two eggs)

    Sentence diagram of compound adjectives

    My green and white book fell.

    • My, green, and white are adjectives modifying the noun book. (Whose book? my book) (Which book? green and white book)
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