Fun With Adjectives
What is an adjective? How do we use adjectives? By using adjectives, we make speech and texts more interesting and informative. Let's give it a try.
Tasks and Games
Try these tasks and games and see if you can find out what defines an adjective and how it is applied.
By doing this easy game, you become aware that adjectives are words that describe something or someone by stating information about looks, qualities, quantity, condition, emotions, time, taste and sound, and that most of them can be contrasted, i.e. they have opposites.
Here you may listen to a short lecture about adjectives. They are often used to compare things or persons. It might be a bit tricky, since -er and -est are used in some cases, whereas more or most are used in other cases. In Norwegian we have some irregular adjectives, e.g. "god"-"bedre" - "best". English is no exception, it also has irregular adjectives. After you have listened to the lecture, try this game:
Look at the emoticons displayed here. How would you describe the emotions involved with words?
Write a Story
Make a "frame story" by leaving out descriptive words (adjectives). An example:
The........man had a ........smile on his.......face when he entered his ......... and ........car. It was a.........day with.......clouds and a.......temperature. Who would believe that such a..........thing could happen to .........Sarah.
Without showing the story, ask your class mates to suggest adjectives and insert them randomly in the open spaces. Read it out aloud. You will have a good laugh!
What have you learned about adjectives by doing the tasks? How do they enrich speech and texts?