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30+ Adjective Examples in Sentences

Today we get to explore the wondrous world of adjectives. We’ll look at over 30 adjective examples in sentences, and discover how they are used in different ways in the English language.

Basic Definition of Adjectives

An adjective is a word that modifies a noun. Another way to put it is that an adjective is a word that describes a noun. It tells us more about the subject of the sentence.

Let’s face it, without descriptive parts of speech our language would be painfully boring! We don’t want to just know that there is a man in a story. We want to know more about him so we can understand who it is we’re dealing with. Is he a rich man, a poor man, a smart man? You get the point. And astoundingly, there are many different types of adjectives that we can use to make our writing more interesting!

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Examples of Adjectives

Shape

circularcurvedflat
squarestraightround
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Size

biggiganticmassive
smalllongscrawny
tinyshorttall

Touch

softscratchyhot
bristlysmoothsharp
hardstickyrough

Taste

spicysweetdelicious
bittersourtart
savoryfruitybland

There are many more <a href="http://And astoundingly, there are many different types of adjectives that we can use to categories of adjectives that describe emotions, people, situations, appearance, sound, and color – just to name a few.

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Adjective Examples in Sentences

Instead of droning on about adjectives, let’s look at actual adjective examples in sentences. These sentences illustrate various points about how adjectives function.

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Easy to Spot

    The green tree is in my backyard.
    Skinny dogs are not necessarily healthy.
    Giant monsters are hiding under the bed.
    Hairless cats look like rats.

These adjectives are incredibly easy to spot because they come right before the nouns that they modify. But they are not always that easy to see.

Complement Linking Verbs

Adjectives can also serve as a compliment to linking verbs. Linking verbs are verbs that derive from “to be,” such as are, is, am, and was. Also, anything describing a sensory experience or state of being can be an adjectival phrase.

    That child sure is joyful!
    It was so disgusting in my son’s bedroom.
    She is the smartest in the class.

Amounts

Adjectives can tell the reader how much or how many of the noun there is.

    There are twenty chairs set up for the meeting.
    She has four children.
    He bought a carton of eggs.

Coordinating Adjectives

Adjectives are “coordinating” if there are more than one, and they both modify the same noun. In order to form a grammatically correct sentence, they require either a comma between them, or the word and.

It was a long, beautiful summer.
We had a fabulous and exciting time on vacation.
It is dank and dreary working in the mines.
Today is a crisp, cool spring day.

Exception!
Don’t make the mistake of immediately assuming that two adjectives that happen to be next to one another are coordinating adjectives. Sometimes an adjective and a noun are so closely linked together that they actually function together as a noun.

Think of it this way. Here are some adjectives that work with the noun to create…yep, you got it…a noun!

    cashmere sweater
    gold earrings
    wooden shed

Now let’s put those into sentences with a coordinating adjective.

Coordinating Adjectives and Nouns

    She donated her old cashmere sweater.
    Julia was wearing her huge gold earrings.
    Joe demolished his dilapidated wooden shed.

Now you might wonder how you can tell whether these are coordinating adjectives or not. Here’s a quick and dirty tip: Try changing the order of the adjectives around. If the sentence still sounds natural, then you have coordinating adjectives. If it does not work, then the exception applies.

She donated her cashmere old sweater. (This is awkward and does not work.)

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Julia was wearing her gold huge earrings. (Again, awkward.)

Joe demolished his wooden dilapidated shed. (Three strikes!)

Degrees of Comparison

Remember superlatives? When comparing qualities, there are typically three levels. They can be absolute, comparative, and superlative.

  • Absolute: Describes something in its own right
  • Comparative: Compares two or more things
  • Superlative: Highest quality available

hot
hotter
hottest
Today is hot.
Today is hotter than yesterday.
Today is the hottest day of the year.

big
bigger
biggest
That tree is big.
That tree is bigger than the one next to it.
That is the biggest tree in my yard.

pretty
prettier
prettiest
She is pretty.
She is prettier than her sister.
She is the prettiest girl in the school.

Adjectival Phrases

The last thing we’ll be looking at today is adjectival phrases. These are a group of words that describe the noun in the sentence.

The adjectival phrase can come before or after the subject of the sentence. The adjective in the sentence can be at the beginning, middle, or end of the phrase.

In the examples below, the adjective phrase is in italics, and the adjective is bold.

    The presentation was not entirely boring.

    The incredibly tired bear was lying down.

    The waves are way too high.

    The beautifully embroidered sweater was made by hand.

    I walked away from the man who was covered in sweat.

    The extremely loud party next store was getting on my nerves.

    The overly angry onlookers started a riot.

I hope these adjective examples in sentences gave you a better understanding of how to use them. For more information about adjectives, check out our Professional Writing lessons. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

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2 Responses to 30+ Adjective Examples in Sentences

  1. Aaron David April 3, 2019 at 4:04 am #

    In the example sentence:

    “The sweater was beautifully embroidered by hand.”

    The word “embroidered” is bolded as the adjective. Surely it is a verb in this particular case. The sweater was embroidered. Was embroidered. The sentence even goes on to describe how the action took place. By hand. I would understand if you said something like:

    “The beautifully embroidered sweater was made by hand.”

    There it seems to be an adjective. Perhaps I’m wrong here, if so please let me know.

    • Dawne DuCarpe
      Dawne DuCarpe April 3, 2019 at 6:27 am #

      GREAT CATCH!!!

      You are completely correct. As I create these examples, I’m typically right on point! But upon looking at your comment I see that I missed the mark on this one. I’m going to go ahead and change it.

      Thanks for keeping me on my toes!


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