Grammar practice - adjectives

Adjectives


Practise using adjectives in context with examples of expressions or sentences each word is typically used in.


The opposite of the adjective ‘strong’ can be ‘weak’, but you will see below that there is at least one other option.


Task 1

Complete each sentence with the opposite of the adjective in brackets.  Choose from the words in bold below.  Use each word only once.


artificial exact   hot rough

compulsory faint   minor shabby

considerable    flexible   partial stale

even hollow   positive tough


  1. I can give you the ……exact……. figures now.  (APPROXIMATE)


  1. The sea was very ……………………… that day.  (CALM)


  1. The operation was a ……………………………. success.  (COMPLETE)


  1. I put the ……………………………….. bread in the cupboard.  (FRESH)


  1. He’s in hospital for a ………………………… operation.  (MAJOR)


  1. Is this one a ……………………… curry?  (MILD)


  1. He always wears very ………………………….. clothes.  (NEAT)


  1. She has had a ………………………..…… influence on her friend.  (NEGATIVE)


  1. The houses with ……………………..……. numbers are on this side of the street.  (ODD)


  1. Are the flowers in that window ………………………….. ?  (REAL)


  1. There is a …………………………….. difference between the two.  (SLIGHT)


  1. My auntie gave me a very large …………………….… chocolate Easter egg.  (SOLID)


  1. It was made of some kind of ………………………… material.  (STIFF)


  1. There is a …………………………. smell of gas in the kitchen.  (STRONG)


  1. My steak was very …………………………    (TENDER)


  1. Playing football is ……………………….. at this school.  (OPTIONAL)



Task 2 

While practising adjectives, let’s revise some of the following forms:

  • comparatives (e.g. smaller, more important)
  • superlatives (e.g. the smallest, the most important)
  • adverbs (e.g. quickly)
  • synonyms (e.g. attractive – good-looking)


      Now find............

  1. the comparative of rough
  2. the superlative of flexible
  3. the adverb relating to considerable
  4. a synonym of exact
  5. the comparative of positive
  6. the superlative of shabby
  7. the adverb relating to even
  8. a synonym of odd





Adapted from J. Flower & M. Berman, Build Your Vocabulary 2 Unit 42 (ISBN 096717779)

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