Adjectives modify or affect the meaning of nouns and pronouns and tell us which, whose, what kind, and how many about the nouns or pronouns they modify. They come before the noun or pronoun they modify except for the predicate adjective which comes after a linking verb and modifies the subject.
There are seven (7) words in the English language that are always adjectives. They are the articles a, an, and the and the possessives my, our, your, and their. (The possessives are from the possessive pronoun list but are always used with nouns as adjectives.) One should memorize them so they are immediately recognized as adjectives.
Example of adjectives: The big brown bear grabbed the scared small man. The, big and brown modify the subject bearand the, scared and small modify the direct object man. Examples of a predicate adjective: The big bear is brown. The brown bear was big. Brown and big come after the linking verbs is and was and modify the subject bear.
Adjectives used often that point out whose are possessive pronouns my, your, our, his, her, their, its and possessive nouns likeJoe’s, Pete’s, etc.
Instructions: Find the adjectives that tell whose in these sentences and tell what they modify.
1. Badger’s bark is my signal for food.
2. The sky’s clouds are our shade trees.
3. Alaina’s brother is also Pam’s son.
4. Their hope was our arrival in time.
5. Her hair was a spider’s web.
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1. Badger’s modifies bark, my modifies signal
2. sky’s modifies clouds, our modifies trees
3. Alaina’s modifies brother, Pam’s modifies son
4. their modifies hope, our modifies arrival
5. her modifies hair, spider’s modifies web
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