afraid, ashamed, aware
It is possible to use two or more adjectives together to describe one noun.
- It was a hot,dry and sunny day.
- The day was hot, dry and sunny.
- We met a famous young teacher in Mastertuition.
Sequence of adjectives:
opinion+ age + colour + origin + purpose + noun
- Teacher Bryan is a talented old Malaysian lecturer.
- Teacher Bryan bought a new red Italian racing car.
- Teacher Bryan has a playful brown puppy.
- Teacher Bryan participated in a competitive writing tournament.
After verbs related to the senses (e.g. smell, taste, sound, seem, etc)
- These noodles taste delicious.
- Her face seems familiar.
- Your singing sounded great.
- Teacher Bryan looks confident.
Alice rolled up her trousers to scoop more water from the ground at the corridor. Her parents were carrying out the same tasks a short distance away. The massive downpour had caused a flood outside Alice’s house. Despite retrieving multiple pails of contaminated water, the water level increased gradually. Just then, a loud crash was heard.
Alice looked up to see a cyclist crashing into her father, who attempted to eradicate the debris near the main road. At that moment, the cyclist had an intention to avoid going over litter that was floating in the water. As she swayed unsteadily from side to side, he did not notice Alice’s father who squatted near the side of the road. By the time he saw him, it was too late to swerve away from him. He crashed into Alice’s father. Immediately, both of them stumbled onto the ground. Although they had a minor injuries, her mother lent them a hand to dress their wounds.
That afternoon, the water receded a little. The rain had caused the dustbins outside the house to topple over and rubbish was floating everywhere. Alice and her mother were able to get rid of the remaining water, coupled with the debris out of their front yard. Alice assisted her mother to clean the house. A small area in her living room had also been affected by the flood. The floor was filled with black particles so Alice had to scrub the area continuously.
The flood had caused a lot of inconvenience to Alice and her family. It took a day of rain to create the mess in the housing estate but Alice and her family took three days to clean up. There was permanent damage to the family’s garden as the flood had destroyed the fragrant flowers that were growing all around the garden. Alice’s mother reluctantly pulled out all the plants. Everyone hoped that there would not be any more floods in the vicinity.
Forming Comparative Adjectives
To make a one-syllable adjective comparative, all you need to do is add
-er to the end of it. So short becomes
shorter, cold becomes colder, and sweet becomes
With two-syllable words, there are a couple of methods you can use. If the adjective ends in
-y, you change the
Y to an I and add -er. So for example, happy becomes
happier, friendly becomes friendlier, and curly becomes
If the two-syllable adjective doesn’t end in -y, just add
more or less before it. This way, perfect becomes more perfect
, and modern becomes less modern. Same with adjectives that have three or more syllables.
becomes more beautiful, and comfortable becomes
These two methods shouldn’t be used together. Saying “Her hair is
more curlier than mine,” isn’t quite right. It’s better to say “Her hair is
curlier than mine.”
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