Adapted from Grammar for High School: A Sentence-Composing Approach By Don and Jenny Killgallon Opening Adjective
Definition: An adjective at the beginning of a sentence An adjective is any descriptive word that that can fit into this blank: Sam is a __________ student. Examples of adjectives: happy, sad, angry, sneaky, polite, discouraged An adjective phrase begins with an adjective and then continues the description. Examples of adjective phrases: happy to be home angry about his bad grade polite to everyone but her mother sad because her pet died
Happy, the young actress accepted the audience’s cheers. Disappointed that they lost, the team trudged off the field. Opening adjective Opening adjective phrase
Happy the young actress accepted the audience’s cheers. 1.Put a COMMA after the opening adjective, whether it is a single word or a phrase. 2. The adjective or adjective phrase MUST describe the subject of the sentence. Disappointed that they lost, the team trudged off the field. The subject of the sentence is “team”.
Choose the best adjective/adjective phrase to complete the sentence. 1. ____________, the bearded old man pounded his fist on the table and shouted at the cowering waiter. a. Sleepy,b. Angry,c. Thankful,d. Agreeable, 2. _____________, the ancient book caused her to sneeze. d. Shiny as a new penny, a. Heavy as a sledgehammer,c. Dusty as farmland in a drought, b. Weak as a month-old baby, YOU TRY IT: On separate paper, write two sentences with opening adjectives and two sentences with opening adjective phrases
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