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Descriptive words and phrases spice up the English language! Adjectives are one type of descriptive word; they describe nouns. Adverbs are descriptive words that usually describe verbs. Groups of words called prepositional phrases can describe both nouns and verbs. The use of descriptive words and phrases can certainly make sentences more interesting!


  • Grammar  The set of rules that explains how we use language.
  • Descriptive words  Words that tell us more about other words. Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words.
  • Descriptive phrases  Groups of words that tell us more about other words. Prepositional phrases are descriptive phrases.
  • Noun  A word that names a person, place or thing.
  • Adjective  A word that describes a noun.
  • Verbs  Words that show action or being.
  • Adverbs  Words that usually describe verbs.
  • Prepositions  Words that connect with nouns, pronouns or noun families. Some examples of prepositions are by, to, with, at and for.
  • Noun family  A noun and all the words that go with it.
  • Prepositional phrase  A group of words made up of a preposition and a noun, pronoun or noun family.

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Grammar Rules

Using adjectives to compare nouns: Sometimes you add –er to an adjective to compare nouns (e.g., fast, faster;“Shelly is a faster runner than Jay.”). To single one noun out of many, add –est to most adjectives (e.g., fast, fastest;“Shelly is the fastest runner in the class.”).  Sometimes you use “more” or “most” before an adjective to compare nouns.

“More” can be used before an adjective to compare two nouns (e.g.,“The zoo was more interesting than the park.”).  “Most” can be used to single one noun out of many (e.g.,“That is the most beautiful flower I have ever seen.”)  Using adverbs to compare verbs:

  • Just like with adjectives, adverbs can be used to compare verbs by adding –er or –est (e.g.,“Carol jumped higher than Chris.” OR “Carol jumped highest of all.”).
  • “More” or “most” can also be used before an adverb to compare verbs  (e.g.,“Nancy walks more quickly than Kirsten.” OR “Of all her classmates, Sharon studies most seriously.”).