A group of words that describes the quality of a noun or pronoun is called an Adjective Phrase.
Have a look at the following examples.
- He has a great body.
- He is a man of great built.
In the first statement, the adjective great says what kind of body he has. In the second statement, the group of words ‘of great built’ also says the same thing. It qualifies the pronoun ‘he’ as an adjective does. It therefore does the work of an adjective and is called an adjective phrase.
- The umpire was a just man. (Here the adjective just modifies the pronoun ‘umpire’.)
- The umpire was a man with an eye for justice. (Here the adjective phrase ‘with an eye for justice’ modifies the noun ‘umpire’.)
- They lived in a glass house.
- They lived in a house built of glass.
- John is a great runner.
- John is a man with great running skill.
Read the following adjectives and the adjective phrases that can substitute them.
A crowded road – a road with a lot of crowd
A green suit – a suit of green color
A cloudy day – a day with sky covered with clouds
A deserted path – a path which looked haunting, enveloped with loneliness.
The Indian flavor – the flavor of India
The golden boot – a boot of gold color
A hidden secret – A secret nobody knows
Adjective Phrases Quiz