Many nouns can be used as adjectives. They become adjectives when they modify other nouns and answer one of two questions about the nouns they are modifying. (What kind? Which one?)
Examples: apple juice (what kind of juice?) summer habitat (which habitat?)
The macaw perched on the top of the rock ledge.
Write/type the following sentences. Circle the noun used as an adjective modifier. Draw an arrow to the noun the adjective is modifying. (look only for the nouns used as adjectives.)
1. Macaws are large, noisy members of the parrot family.
2. The colorful macaws live in large flocks and roost along the steep canyon walls.
3. They dig small nest holes in the relatively soft sandstone.
4. Major food sources for macaws are fruits and nuts.
5.Macaws perch among the tree branches while they eat.
6. Occasionally, they will also search the forest floor for food.
Proper and Compound Adjectives
Sometimes, proper nouns are used as adjectives or changed in form to become adjectives.
Example: Vermont cheddar (What kind?) Brahms symphony (which symphony?)
Changed form: Shakespeare: Shakespearian play (what kind of play?) Germany: German tribes (which tribes?)
Write only the proper and compound adjectives from each sentence below. Label as compound, proper. Some may be compound and proper.
1. The flamingo is the name for a family of long-legged birds.
2. Flamingos are common throughout the world, and they can be found from the e African savannas to the South American mountains.
3. They are characterized by their downward-turned bill, which is used to filter underwater organisms and vegetation.
4. The Chilean flamingo is a variety that may be found in the lowland areas of Chile and Argentina on the South American mainland.
5. Flamingos make their North American homes in saltwater marshes and shallow freshwater ponds.