What are Adjectives? Learn the Dictionary meaning with Examples and practice sentences.

Hey readers! Or should I say, hey curious readers! What did I just do? I threw an adjective in the same sentence. Which word was an adjective? If you guessed the word “curious”, you got it right! The word “curious” is used as an adjective. Most of us use adjectives when we speak, without realizing we just used them. Let’s understand what an adjective is.

Definition of Adjectives:

An adjective is a part of speech. Adjectives are words that describe a noun. We use them in sentences to give a noun a description. Such as just saying a house, we can describe the house as, “A large house”. Adjectives are our way of telling people what things around us are like.

The simple way to check if a sentence has an adjective, is to just question yourself, do the sentence you read or hear describe a person, place, animal, thing, or idea? If it does, then the describing word is an adjective. 

Adjective examples in sentences:

  • Sheena is wearing a soft green dress.
  • Addie is wearing a square glass.
  • Ryo is a brave boy.
  • The tiger is a ferocious animal.
  • This museum has ancient artifacts.

Let’s practice a few sentences:

Try filling in the blanks with adjective/adjectives.

  1. The room was filled with ………………balloons. (colorful/ lot of/ no)
  2. The party was filled with …………….people. (noisy/ lot of/ less)
  3. Sam got me a bag of ……………….apples. ( red/ one/ more)
  4. The teacher sat on a ………….chair. (wooden/ teacher’s)
  5. It is a ……………..morning. (blue/foggy/best)

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Idioms: Definition, meaning, and examples.

Definition of an Idiom

Idioms are a group of words that signifies/ has a meaning together as a set phrase or is usually symbolic to an expression. It does not have a direct meaning of words individually used.

For example, the idiom, “See red” does not mean a person sees anything that is red in color, it is just symbolic to signify anger. This signifies that the person is very angry.

5 Popular Idioms with Examples

  1. Once in a blue moon: A rare occurrence. Example: My boss considers appraisals once in a blue moon.
  2. On cloud nine: To be ecstatic or joyful.  Example: I was on cloud nine with my promotion in hand.
  3. Hand in glove: To be closely associated with or in collaboration with someone for completing an action. Example: The team is working hand in glove with other departments to achieve company sales targets.
  4. Flesh and blood: Refers a relation or direct family members, to be directly related to another having the same DNA. Example: Shaina couldn’t punish her sons for their actions as they were her own flesh and blood
  5. Second hand: Not of original source, not new. Example: It is a wise idea to buy a renewed or a second-hand gadget if in a good condition.

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Definition of Proper Nouns and Common Nouns

Proper Noun

This is a word that substitutes a Noun. It is the name of a person, a place, an animal, or a thing. A proper noun is used to identify a single person, place, animal, or thing specifically.

Examples of Proper Noun

  • Harry likes to Draw
  • London is one of the most beautiful countries I have traveled to
  • Bruno, my dog loves to bask in the sun.

Common Noun

 Is the generic name of a class or section of people, animals, or things. It does not specify anything in particular but speaks of a group or any class of beings or things 

Examples of Common Noun

  • Teachers are the most respected professionals globally
  • The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal.
  • The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird, in fact, it is the fastest animal on the planet.

Nouns: Abstract noun and Collective noun with examples.

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Definition and Meaning of the Idiom Red flag with examples.

Definition of the Idiom Red flag

Is a sign of warning. It is to draw attention to any issue that needs immediate attention. Anything that indicates a problem or a danger if not sorted immediately.

Examples of sentences using the idiom “Red Flag”

  • The gap in Jack’s employment history was a red flag to the employers.
  • We avoided traveling after the meteorologist issued a red flag for an expected cyclone
  • The talk about raising taxes in the USA was a red flag to many voters 
  • Limiting reservations of job opportunities for the top scorers was a red flag to those who did score well.

Red Flag (Idiom) Definition, meaning with Examples.

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A figure of Speech: Oxymoron

Definition and Meaning of an Oxymoron

“Oxymorons” have been used since the heyday of Greek poetry, The Greco-Roman Period. 

They are a figure of speech in which seemingly contradictory concepts are smashed together, and a literary device that describes those contradictory bits of life, like a bittersweet moment. 

I Hope This Blog Doesn’t Go Down Like a Lead Balloon

As I write this blog, I hope it doesn’t go down like a lead balloon, fail to be engaging, or communicate my point. 

This “oxymoron” is as fun as “jumbo shrimp.” The images it brings to mind are exceedingly funny. It could even be applied to historic events like the crash of the Zeppelin.

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Meaning and use of Interrogative Sentence: Who

Definition of Interrogative Sentences

Interrogative Sentence is used to ask questions. And, the most common interrogative words, in alphabetical order, are:

WhatWhenWhereWhetherWhich
WhoWhomWhoseWhyHow

These words are sometimes called “wh-words” because most of them begin with wh. “Who,” a wh-word is our interrogative word of the day. 

“Who,” pronounced /ho͞o/, is a Pronoun that means what or which person or people, among other things. 

Who is Behind the Mask

For example, you may go to a Halloween party and hear a native English speaker ask, “Who is  behind the mask?” This may even be something you’ve wondered about Batman or the anime character Tuxedo Mask. By asking this, the speaker wants to know who is wearing the mask. Sometimes costumes conceal identity. 

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Know about Modal Verbs of Probability Present – Can’t

Meaning of Modal Verbs

Modal Verbs are statements of probability. Modal Verbs express a belief in an outcome. The Modal Verb “can’t,” the topic of today’s lesson, expresses that something is most likely untrue.

When it comes to the Modal Verbs, “can’t” is usually used with “be” to speak of disbelief.

What Alva said can’t be true

For example: 

When Alva said he had invented electric light, nobody believed him. The people said, “this can’t be true, it’s the fire that lights the home.”

Those who heard Alva speak believed that he was lying and so they showed their disbelief by saying “this can’t be true.” Yet, it was true, Thomas Alva Edison invented the light bulb.

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Idioms with the word “Change”: Change of Heart

Meaning of the Idiom “Change of heart”

The idiom “change of heart” doesn’t literally mean that you can swap one organ with another. It means that you can change your mind, usually after long consideration. 

As you know, you can’t change your heart, you were born with it. But, the English idiom “change of heart” implies that you can. 

Mary Had a Change of Heart and Set Her Little Lamb Free

You may know the Nursery Rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Taking from that, I have an example of the idiom “change of heart” to share: 

Mary had a little lamb. Mary loved her little lamb. But, one day she had a change of heart and decided it was time to set the little lamb free. For she knew that to love something is to let it go. If it returns, it loves you.

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Color Idioms: 6 color idioms frequently used by native English speakers

There are some common color idioms used frequently by native English speakers. Here is a list of the 6 most popular color idioms to make you sound native in English.

6 Popular color idioms: Meaning with examples

1. Red Tape: To do something with excessive formality and rules, before any official action.

  • Example 1: Immigration and getting a visa to Canada involves a lot of red tapes.
  • Example 2: The government involves unnecessary red tape in approving official documents when applying for a passport.

2. Black and white: To judge everything as either one way or the other, good or bad. 

  • Example 1: The boss evaluates the performance of the team in black and white, he does not allow space for excuses.
  • Example 2: She saw everything in black and white when it came to her children’s faults.

3. Golden opportunity: It is an opportunity or chance to succeed in something, without losing an opportunity.

  • Example 1: The team did not want to miss the golden opportunity of participating in the state football match.
  • Example 2: She grabbed on to the free pass for the concert considering it to be a golden opportunity to meet her favorite artist.

4. Catch red-handed: To catch someone in an act of deceit or robbery.

  • Example 1: The thief was caught red-handed when he tried to sneak out through the window.
  • Example 2: Roy was caught red-handed while stealing office supplies.

5. Once in a blue moon: Very rare, something that does not happen occasionally.

  • Example 1: Claire attended a live concert once in a blue moon only when she had her favorite artist performing in her city.
  • Example 2: He visited his parents once in a blue moon, due to the differences they had years ago.

6. Blackout: To Faint, lose consciousness. A period when total lights are put off for temporary reasons.

  • Example 1: She had a blackout after the car accident.
  • Example 2: The city underwent a power blackout after the severe cyclone attack.

Rainbow (color)Idioms: Meaning with examples

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The Adverb: Why- The right way of using it in sentences with examples.

Know the Adverb: Why

We are talking about “why” as an Adverb. However, “why” may be used as a Conjunction, Interjection, or Noun. 

“Why” is one of our ‘wh’-words and the ‘h‘ is silent. It’s pronounced /waɪ/ if you’re familiar with the phonetic alphabet. 

“Why” is defined thusly: 

For what cause, reason, or purpose did you do it? 

At least for our purpose. As a Noun or Conjunction, the definition slightly varies. 

This is how “why” functions as an Adverb.

Why Do You Listen to Rock ‘n’ Roll? 

You may be asked:

“Why do you like Rock ‘n’ Roll?” 

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