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Descriptive Writing Skills

Concept: Stretching a Sentence by Using Adjectives

Definition

  • Stretching a sentence means adding one or more words to provide extra detail. It could be a phrase, a few words, or multiple clauses.
  • A sentence can be expanded using descriptive words or adjectives. Adding adjectives helps to give more information about the noun or pronoun and make it more interesting and descriptive.

How to Stretch a Sentence Using Adjectives

Let us see below how to stretch a sentence using adjectives or describing words.

Simple Sentence Stretching A Sentence Using Adjectives
The girl screamed. The scared girl screamed. (Scared is the adjective used.) OR The little girl screamed. (Little is the adjective used) OR The scared little girl screamed. (two adjectives are used to stretch the sentence.

Order of Adjectives to Follow While Stretching a Sentence

Let us have a look at the order of adjectives before the noun. Follow the order to stretch a sentence.

Boy

Examples:

Boy

The pendulum clock.

Expand the simple phrase with adjectives as per the above order.

The elegant pendulum clock.
The elegant big pendulum clock.
The elegant big rectangular pendulum clock.
The elegant big rectangular old pendulum clock.
The elegant big rectangular old brown pendulum clock.
The elegant big rectangular old brown Indian pendulum clock.
The elegant big rectangular old brown Indian metallic pendulum clock.

In the above example, it only shows the order of adjectives if they were used with a combination of other adjectives. Remember the order of the adjectives to place them correctly when using it in a sentence.

Examples:

The big metallic pendulum clock made cranking sounds each time the clock struck 12.

Common Mistakes

Place the adjectives before nouns. Never you use too many adjectives in a sentence

Examples:

A bird. (Simple sentence with bird as the noun)

A yellow bird. (yellow is the adjective)

Before adding adjectives, identify the noun or the pronoun in the sentence. This will help to describe it more effectively.

Boy
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