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Last reply by: Macy Li
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:36 PM

Post by Ammar Kurd on September 21, 2014

I don't understand why "good" is considered an adjective whereas "well" is considered an adverb.

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Post by Juanita Zadroga on March 5, 2014

Hello! professor Hendershot. Thanks for your explanation about adjectives. It has been very helpful, but I still struggle with demonstratives and relative pronouns as adjectives.  I have a question?

in the next sentences, what are the functions of "that"?

1. I saw that the other seat beside Mayra was occupied.
2. I told Mayra that the last book that she had written was Pulitzer Prize winner.
3. I also explained that one of her books had created a controversy that changed the way companies are run.

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Post by Derek Choute on February 15, 2014

Why didn't you label the term "that" as an adjective? I am speaking about the example slide under the heading: linking verbs and adjectives. You stated, previously, that adjectives that specify point out particular nouns or pronouns. The adjectives that specify are: this, that, these, and those. You also stated that adjectives may come directly before the modified noun or pronoun, or follow a linking verb. In the sentence "that accusation is outrageous," is the word "that" modifying the word "accusation"? Words that end in -tion are usually nouns, right? So that would make the word "that" an adjective.

If "accusation," by chance, is an abstract noun, would an adjective still be able to modify it?

Please correct me if I'm mistaken.  

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:41 AM

Post by Ling Huang on January 5, 2014

How come Ends from "Ends of Worm " can't be consider a adjective?

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Mon Jul 1, 2013 10:19 PM

Post by Vanessa Pieper on July 1, 2013

Is "I am 27 years old." N+ V + Adj.+ N + Adj?

and "A 27 year old boy" Determiner + Adj Adj Adj Noun?

It's because of the use of the s in years that I want to know.

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Mon Jun 3, 2013 12:11 PM

Post by Beverly Terry on June 3, 2013

I had some difficulty with this lesson. 1. Given: You must always take care of your health. I had a problem deconstructing this sentence. All i can discern is that health is a noun. I'm confused by what parts of speech the other words in the sentence are. 2.Given: Your view on this issue is extreme. This is a complex sentence to me. Is extreme the adjective of view? 3. Am I to just remember that good is an adjective and well is an adverb? If the answer is yes, then I understand.

My respectfully suggestion at this point in the course is to go a little slower and have a summary exercise after each unit that tests all of the prior parts of speech covered. That's not an easy task but it can be done.

All-in-all, I am grateful that this course is being offered online and I am learning a lot.

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Last reply by: Timothy Metcalfe
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:05 AM

Post by N Chy on May 18, 2013

"You must always take care of your health"- The word "health" is noun or adjective here?

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Thu May 2, 2013 12:34 PM

Post by abc123 abc123 on May 2, 2013

Are articles (a, an, the) types of adjective as well?

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Wed Apr 3, 2013 3:52 PM

Post by Brett Snodgrass on April 3, 2013

What type of word is the the word "so" in the following sentence? Thank you.

"You are so patient with your children".

You = noun
are = verb
so = ____
patient = adjective
with =
your =
children = noun

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Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:15 AM

Post by thomas stafford on December 28, 2012

okay i just wondering,in this sentence" why a book report "

book is the noun and "a" is the adjective "why" is the verb and book that's a "noun" report is the adjective or verb, i wont to say it is a verb because it's the action of writing about a book, right?

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Mon Oct 1, 2012 2:02 PM

Post by Nathaniel Humphrey on October 1, 2012

In the first sentence, if very is an adverb and tired is an adjective what is the verb in the sentence?


  • Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. They may come directly before the modified word, or after a linking verb.
  • Adjectives may describe what kind, how many, or which item is being described.
  • Any word that modifies or describes a noun or pronoun can be an adjective, even if it’s normally another part of speech.
  • Adjectives modify nouns and pronouns; adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.
  • When an adjective follows a linking verb, it is called a subject complement.
  • Only use adjectives to modify nouns and pronouns. To modify an adjective, verb, or adverb, use an adverb.


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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:07
  • What is an Adjective? 0:47
    • Definition
    • Placement in Sentence
    • Importance
  • Adjectives That Describe 1:36
    • Examples
  • Adjectives That Count 3:18
    • Examples
  • Adjectives That Specify 4:00
    • What They Point Out
    • Examples
  • Anything Can Be An Adjective 5:01
    • What Can Be An Adjective
    • Examples
  • Adjective or Noun? Practice 6:16
  • Adjective or Noun? Answers 7:00
  • Adjectives vs. Adverbs 7:56
    • What Adjectives Modify
    • What Adverbs Modify
  • Adjective or Adverb? Practice 8:54
  • Adjective or Adverb? Answers 9:33
  • Linking Verbs and Adjectives 11:05
    • What Are Linking Verbs
    • Examples
  • Using Adjectives Correctly 12:35
    • Adjectives Must Always Modify Nouns or Pronouns
    • Examples
  • Exercise: Find the Adjectives 14:11
  • Exercise Answers: Find the Adjectives 14:47
  • Exercise 2: Find the Adjectives 16:30
  • Exercise 2 Answers: Find the Adjectives 17:09