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Unit 99. Adjectives: a nice new house, you look tired

Unit 99; Part A

galka.jpgSometimes we use two or more adjectives together:

    •   My brother lives in a nice new house.
    •   In the kitchen there was a beautiful large round wooden table.

Adjectives like new/large/round/wooden are fact adjectives. They give us factual information about age, size, colour
Adjectives like nice/beautiful are opinion adjectives. They tell us what somebody thinks of something or somebody.

Opinion adjectives usually go before fact adjectives.



large round wooden

summer holiday
vegetable soup

Unit 99; Part B

galka.jpgSometimes we use two or more fact adjectives together. Usually (but not always) we put fact adjectives in this order:

Unit 99; Part C

galka.jpgWe use adjectives after be / get / become / seem:

      Be careful!
      I'm tired and I'm getting hungry.
      As the film went on, it became more and more boring.
      Your friend seems very nice.

We also use adjectives to say how somebody/something looks, feels, sounds, tastes or smells:

      You look tired. / I feel tired. / She sounds tired.
      The dinner smells good.
      This tea tastes a bit strange.

But to say how somebody does something you must use an adverb
(see Units 100-101):
      Drive carefully!  (not Drive careful)
      Susan plays the piano very well.
  (not plays ... very good)

Unit 99; Part C

galka.jpgWe say 'the first two days / the next few weeks / the last ten minutes' etc. :

      I didn't enjoy the first two days of the course.  (not the two first days)
      They'll be away for the next few weeks.  (not the few next weeks)


flag.jpgPut the adjectives in brackets in the correct position.
Key.2    an unusual gold ring
3    a beautiful old house
4    black leather gloves
5    an old American film
6    a long thin face
7    big black clouds
8    a lovely sunny day
9    an ugly yellow dress
10  a long wide avenue
11  a little old red car
12  a nice new green sweater
13  a small black metal box
14  a big fat black cat
15  a lovely little old village
16  beautiful long black hair
17  an interesting old French painting
18  an enormous red and yellow umbrella

1    a beautiful table  (wooden / round)
2    an unusual ring (gold)       
3    an old house  (beautiful)      
4    black gloves  (leather)       
5    an American film  (old)       
6    a long face  (thin)       
7    big clouds  (black)       
8    a sunny day  (lovely)
9    an ugly dress (yellow)       
10  a wide avenue  (long)       
11  a red car  (old / little)       
12  a new sweater  (green / nice)       
13  a metal box  (black / small)       
14  a big cat (fat / black)       
15  a little village (old / lovely)       
16  long hair  (black / beautiful)       
17  an old painting (interesting / French)    
18  an enormous umbrella  (red / yellow) 

 a beautiful round wooden table 

flag.jpgComplete each sentence with a verb (in the correct form) and an adjective from the boxes.
Key.2    tastes/tasted awful
3    feel fine
4    smell nice
5    look wet
6    sounds/sounded interesting
feel    look    seem
smell      sound      taste
awful     fine    interesting
nice        upset       wet
1    Helen    seemed upset    this morning. Do you know what was wrong?
2    I can't eat this. I've just tried it and it __________________.
3    I wasn't very well yesterday, but I __________________ today.
4    What beautiful flowers! They __________________ too.
5    You __________________. Have you been out in the rain?
6    Jim was telling me about his new job. It __________________ - much better than his old job.

flag.jpgPut in the correct word.
Key.2    happy
3    happily
4    violent
5    terrible
6    properly
7    good
8    slow

1    This tea tastes a bit    strange   .  (strange / strangely)
2    I always feel __________ when the sun is shining.  (happy / happily)
3    The children were playing __________ in the garden.  (happy / happily)
4    The man became __________ when the manager of the restaurant asked him to leave. (violent / violently)
5    You look __________! Are you all right?  (terrible / terribly)
6    There's no point in doing a job if you don't do it __________.  (proper / properly)
7    The soup tastes __________. (good / well)
8    Hurry up! You're always so __________.  (slow / slowly)

flag.jpgWrite the following in another way using the first... / the next ... / the last ... .
Key.3    the last two days
4    the first two weeks of May
5    the next few days
6    the first three questions (in the exam)
7    the next two years
8    the last three days of our holiday
1    the first day and the second day of the course
2    next week and the week after
3    yesterday and the day before yesterday       
4    the first week and the second week of May       
5    tomorrow and a few days after that       
6    questions 1, 2 and 3 in the exam       
7    next year and the year after       
8    the last day of our holiday and the two days       
     before that
 the first two days of the course  
 the next two weeks                   


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