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Adjective Phrases - pls. correct me.

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mom17 Tue 28-Feb-17 16:38:23

Here is a question:

Fill in with adjective phrase

A young girl ____________ greeted me at the door.
DS wrote:
A young girl, about ten years old, greeted me at the door.

I think it is correct but teacher thinks otherwise.

Lapinlapin Tue 28-Feb-17 16:42:47

Well it describes the girl (as an adjective phrase would), but there isn't actually an adjective in it, so I agree with the teacher.

OneWithTheForce Tue 28-Feb-17 16:47:12

A young girl cheerily/happily/grumpily/sullenly greeted me at the door.

mom17 Tue 28-Feb-17 16:56:26

but it is describing a girl( telling anything about her should be describing ), why not ??

OneWithTheForce Tue 28-Feb-17 17:01:35

I think it's asking you to describe the action not the girl.

IrregularCommentary Tue 28-Feb-17 17:02:34

The adjective needs to describe the noun, so girl is the noun. onewith is correct that you could have something like "happily" as an appropriate adjective.

Her age gives additional information about the girl, as in the person, but isn't a descriptor for the noun iyswim?

Lapinlapin Tue 28-Feb-17 17:14:52

Surely cheerily is an adjective.

I would interpret it as more:

A young girl, cheerful as always, greeted...


A young girl, strikingly pretty, greeted..

mom17 Tue 28-Feb-17 17:16:00

still not convinced, anything describing noun should be acceptable.

OneWithTheForce Tue 28-Feb-17 17:17:13

An adjective is a describing word, what your son wrote wasn't a describing word.

allegretto Tue 28-Feb-17 17:20:38

Cheerily is an adverb.

mom17 Tue 28-Feb-17 17:25:11

which category it will fall into ? not noun phrase I guess !!

NennyNooNoo Tue 28-Feb-17 17:26:57

As above. Cheerily, happily etc are adverbs. They describe the verb.

NennyNooNoo Tue 28-Feb-17 17:27:36

Although I don't know what an adjective phrase is. Hadn't been invented when I was at school...

NennyNooNoo Tue 28-Feb-17 17:29:34

Having looked it up, I think your DS's answer was correct.

allegretto Tue 28-Feb-17 17:31:36

Lapin - old is an adjective!

OneWithTheForce Tue 28-Feb-17 17:34:47

Ahh ok, ignore me then! grin sorry OP I have no idea!

OneWithTheForce Tue 28-Feb-17 17:36:39

I'm wondering if they have the gap in the wrong place. It sounds like it should be before "girl". Young itself would be the adjective in this sentence really.

leccybill Tue 28-Feb-17 17:36:58

In this instance, how the girl did the action (verb) of greeting- isn't a 'how' word an adverb?

Does an adjective phrase have to describe the noun (girl) or can it describe the verb (greeted)?

Lapinlapin Tue 28-Feb-17 17:52:30

Surely cheerily is an adjective

Oops, clearly I meant to say adverb here!

As yes allegretto old is an adjective! blush

I was concentrating on the 'about 10 years' part.
So do you think the original is correct then?

Lapinlapin Tue 28-Feb-17 17:53:05

And not as

Shouldn't try to post whilst busy doing other things!

allegretto Tue 28-Feb-17 20:02:24

Yes I think it's correct.

mom17 Wed 01-Mar-17 03:12:57

Thanks everybody.

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