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Vocabulary: Using Adjectives

In this worksheet, students rank adjectives according to their intensity and choose the most appropriate ones to complete sentences.

'Vocabulary: Using Adjectives' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many adjectives (describing words) can be put in order depending on their intensity, or strength.

 

 

Joe was peckish.

Joe was hungry.

Joe was famished.

 

All these sentences show that Joe was hungry, but the first one tells us that he was only a little bit hungry, while the last one tells us that he was very hungry.​

 

The sentence Joe was famished is more interesting than Joe was very hungry. It is good to avoid using the words very and quite too often.​

 

In this activity, you can practise putting adjectives in order of intensity and choosing the best adjectives to complete sentences. You may need a dictionary if you don't know what some of the words mean.

All the adjectives in the list describe temperature.

 

Put them in order from the coldest to the hottest.

Column A

Column B

1st (coldest)
boiling
2nd
hot
3rd
cold
4th
luke warm
5th (hottest)
freezing

This time, all the adjectives in the list describe anger.

 

Put them in order from the the least angry to the most angry.

Column A

Column B

1st (least angry)
irritated
2nd
furious
3rd
cross
4th (most angry)
livid

This time, all the adjectives in the list describe fear.

 

Put them in order from the least frightened to the most frightened.

Column A

Column B

1st (least frightened)
uneasy
2nd
afraid
3rd
terrified
4th (most frightened)
petrified

Using more precise adjectives makes writing more interesting.

 

Which adjective in the list could be used to replace the underlined words in the following sentence?

 

The ruined castle was very old.

creepy

silent

ancient

Which adjective in the list could be used to replace the underlined words this time?

 

The sunlight was very bright.

hot

dazzling

yellow

Choose the best adjective to replace the underlined words.

 

Josh's puppy is very small.

cute

playful

minute

Choose the best adjective to replace the underlined words.

 

My nanna was ever so pleased with the scarf I made her.

delighted

disappointed

careful

Choose the best adjective to replace the underlined words.

 

Kayla was very disappointed when she wasn't chosen to play Cinderella in the school play.

devastated

furious

annoyed

This time, match the adjectives on the right side with their meanings.

 

Don't forget to use a dictionary if you are not sure of the meanings!

Column A

Column B

very upset
saturated
very happy
distressed
very quick
overjoyed
very wet
rapid

This time, tick the five adjectives that can be used to describe different degrees of unhappiness.

glad

miserable

cheerful

sad

jolly

gloomy

amused

dejected

merry

glum

  • Question 1

All the adjectives in the list describe temperature.

 

Put them in order from the coldest to the hottest.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1st (coldest)
freezing
2nd
cold
3rd
luke warm
4th
hot
5th (hottest)
boiling
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? Did you notice that the coldest and hottest adjectives both end with '-ing'.
  • Question 2

This time, all the adjectives in the list describe anger.

 

Put them in order from the the least angry to the most angry.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1st (least angry)
irritated
2nd
cross
3rd
furious
4th (most angry)
livid
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Can you think of an example of when you may have felt a little 'irritated'?
  • Question 3

This time, all the adjectives in the list describe fear.

 

Put them in order from the least frightened to the most frightened.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1st (least frightened)
uneasy
2nd
afraid
3rd
terrified
4th (most frightened)
petrified
EDDIE SAYS
The third and fourth adjectives sound similar as they both end with '-ified'.
  • Question 4

Using more precise adjectives makes writing more interesting.

 

Which adjective in the list could be used to replace the underlined words in the following sentence?

 

The ruined castle was very old.

CORRECT ANSWER
ancient
EDDIE SAYS
'Creepy' and 'silent' could both be used to describe the castle, but 'ancient' is the best choice to describe how old the castle is.
  • Question 5

Which adjective in the list could be used to replace the underlined words this time?

 

The sunlight was very bright.

CORRECT ANSWER
dazzling
EDDIE SAYS
'Hot' and 'yellow' are both appropriate adjectives for the sun, but 'dazzling' is the best choice if we are talking about how bright it looks!
  • Question 6

Choose the best adjective to replace the underlined words.

 

Josh's puppy is very small.

CORRECT ANSWER
minute
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'minute' is the only adjective in the list to describe the size of the puppy.
  • Question 7

Choose the best adjective to replace the underlined words.

 

My nanna was ever so pleased with the scarf I made her.

CORRECT ANSWER
delighted
EDDIE SAYS
'Delighted' is another way to say really pleased.
  • Question 8

Choose the best adjective to replace the underlined words.

 

Kayla was very disappointed when she wasn't chosen to play Cinderella in the school play.

CORRECT ANSWER
devastated
EDDIE SAYS
This is a tricky one. She might have been 'furious' and 'annoyed' too, but these adjectives describe anger, not disappointment.
  • Question 9

This time, match the adjectives on the right side with their meanings.

 

Don't forget to use a dictionary if you are not sure of the meanings!

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

very upset
distressed
very happy
overjoyed
very quick
rapid
very wet
saturated
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Did you notice that three of these adjectives end in '-ed'?
  • Question 10

This time, tick the five adjectives that can be used to describe different degrees of unhappiness.

CORRECT ANSWER
miserable
sad
gloomy
dejected
glum
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find all five? The other adjectives: glad, cheerful, jolly, amused and merry all relate to happiness.
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