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Revise Your Adjectives: Classification

In this worksheet, students revise and practise classifying adjectives according to type and intensity.

'Revise Your Adjectives: Classification' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:   Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Adjectives describe nouns. They can be classified according to the type of feature they describe, such as size, appearance, mood, etc.

 


 

Jimmy was happy because he had a big red balloon.

 

Adjectives can also be classified according to 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. If you can, it is better to choose a specific adjective rather than using the words quite and very.

Tick all the adjectives in the list that are used to describe the texture of something.

rough

bright

furry

long

bumpy

smooth

old

yellow

Tick all the adjectives in the list that are used to describe a person's mood.

angry

ugly

depressed

pretty

careful

excited

cold

anxious

Tick all the adjectives in the list that are used to describe a person's character.

dishonest

young

reliable

beautiful

kind

elderly

deceitful

handsome

Which of the adjectives in the list means 'very hard-working'?

 

You may need a dictionary if you don't know the meanings of the words.

indolent

industrious

insincere

Which of the adjectives in the list means 'extremely happy'?

ecstatic

eccentric

extinct

exhausted

Choose the best adjective from the list to replace the underlined words in the following sentence.

 

My uncle was really upset when he lost his job.

disappointed

devastated

sad

Choose the best adjective from the list to replace the underlined words in the following sentence.

 

My mum was a little bit nervous before her interview.

terrified

apprehensive

confident

This time, rank the adjectives in the list according to the degree of anger that they describe.

 

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

Column A

Column B

1st (least angry)
angry
2nd
incandescent
3rd
furious
4th
annoyed
5th (most angry)
irritated

Match the adjectives with their meanings.

Column A

Column B

fatigued
very good at doing something
despondent
extremely tired
accomplished
very sad
rapid
very caring
compassionate
very quick

The following adjectives can all be used to describe a person's character. Match them with their meanings.

Column A

Column B

diligent
doing things without thinking first
impulsive
careful and hard working
forthright
direct and honest
circumspect
bold and daring
audacious
cautious and unwilling to take risks
  • Question 1

Tick all the adjectives in the list that are used to describe the texture of something.

CORRECT ANSWER
rough
furry
bumpy
smooth
  • Question 2

Tick all the adjectives in the list that are used to describe a person's mood.

CORRECT ANSWER
angry
depressed
excited
anxious
  • Question 3

Tick all the adjectives in the list that are used to describe a person's character.

CORRECT ANSWER
dishonest
reliable
kind
deceitful
  • Question 4

Which of the adjectives in the list means 'very hard-working'?

 

You may need a dictionary if you don't know the meanings of the words.

CORRECT ANSWER
industrious
  • Question 5

Which of the adjectives in the list means 'extremely happy'?

CORRECT ANSWER
ecstatic
  • Question 6

Choose the best adjective from the list to replace the underlined words in the following sentence.

 

My uncle was really upset when he lost his job.

CORRECT ANSWER
devastated
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'sad' and 'disappointed' are not strong enough.
  • Question 7

Choose the best adjective from the list to replace the underlined words in the following sentence.

 

My mum was a little bit nervous before her interview.

CORRECT ANSWER
apprehensive
  • Question 8

This time, rank the adjectives in the list according to the degree of anger that they describe.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1st (least angry)
irritated
2nd
annoyed
3rd
angry
4th
furious
5th (most angry)
incandescent
EDDIE SAYS
'Irritated' means to be a bit annoyed, but if someone is 'incandescent with rage' it means they are very, very angry.
  • Question 9

Match the adjectives with their meanings.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

fatigued
extremely tired
despondent
very sad
accomplished
very good at doing something
rapid
very quick
compassionate
very caring
  • Question 10

The following adjectives can all be used to describe a person's character. Match them with their meanings.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

diligent
careful and hard working
impulsive
doing things without thinking fir...
forthright
direct and honest
circumspect
cautious and unwilling to take ri...
audacious
bold and daring
---- OR ----

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