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Nouns used as Adjectives

Noun adjective: it is possible for a noun to describe another noun. The modifying noun is placed directly before the noun it modifies and acts like an adjective.

 

*remember*

Nouns used as adjectives are never plural, even when its reference is plural.

 

We know that an adjective is a word placed before a noun and further describes the noun.

 

Examples of regular adjectives:

It was a blue ball.

Blue = adjective

Ball = noun

 

There was a beautiful sunset in the distance.

Beautiful = adjective

Sunset = noun

 

The above examples are traditional adjectives used in their regular usage.

 

Let’s look at nouns being used as adjectives


Examples:

 

A wood box is on the table. -> Box made of wood

Wood = noun used as an adjective to describe…

Box = noun

 

She was wearing a gold bracelet. -> Bracelet made of gold.

Gold = noun used as an adjective to describe…

Bracelet = noun

 

Mrs. Thompson cools herself with a paper fan. -> Fan made of paper

Paper = noun that’s an adjective to describe…

Fan = noun

 

We were eating a blueberry pie. -> pie made of blueberries

Blueberry = noun as an adjective to describe…

Pie = noun

 

*remember*

Some noun and noun adjectives are written as one word.

 

Examples:

Spaceship

Football

Basketball

Grapefruit

 

These are two words, both nouns, which are written as one word. The first noun is modifying the second.

 

*End of lesson on Nouns as Adjectives*