Monday, January 3, 2011

Grammatical Terms: Descriptive's Words: Use of Adjectives, Adverbs & Articles

Dog ate food! Boring! The dog ate his food ! Good, but still BO-ring! The large brown dog with the floppy ears ate his very crunchy chow with great enthusiasm. Now that's so much better.
Why?
Because we now can see a description which makes the picture all the clearer.
But all the sentences are the same Right?


Wrong!



The first is a very basic sentence. Dog ate food!.
The second is a more acceptable sentence. The dog ate his food !
The third is a wonderfully descriptive and enjoyable sentence which has details missing  from the first two.
The large brown dog with the floppy ears, ate his very crunchy chow, with great enthusiasm.


The article used is The. The is a definite article, which points out a specific item or person. The only definite article in the English language is "THE". 


The addition of these details was accomplished by using descriptive words called articles, adjectives and adverbs.

 The addition of the words large, brown, floppy, crunchy and great are adjectives which modify or describe the noun or pronoun they are used with. We use them here because they are used to enhance the nouns dog, ears,  chow and enthusiasm.

The word very is an adverb. An adverb is a descriptive word which modifies a verb, an adjective, another adverb and or an entire clause or sentence. Very modifies the adjective crunchy which accentuated the noun chow.

The use of descriptive words helps writers convey the depth, color, size, texture, degree and  physicality of a scene or situation.These draw the readers attention to the details found there. Using descriptive words can make or break the way a piece will be received by your audience.

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