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Adjectives

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Adjectives

  1. 1. Adjectives
  2. 2. Adjectives  Words used to describe nouns or pronouns. Adjectives are words that answer questions like “what kind of ____?” or “which _____?” or “how many _____?”  Attributive Adjectives (simple descriptors):  Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” (Rev 5:1-2 NRSV)
  3. 3. Adjectives (2)  Predicate Adjectives: the “point” of the sentence is to link a noun or pronoun with a descriptor by means of a linking verb (a form of be, become, etc.)  “No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll” (Rev 5:3)  “No one [S] … was [V] able [Pred Adj]”  “No one was found worthy.” (Rev 5:4)  “You are worthy to take the scroll.” (Rev 5:9)
  4. 4. Adjectives (3)  Substantive Adjectives: Adjectives can be used as nouns, as in the title, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth…. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. (Mt 5:5, 7 NRSV)  “meek” and “merciful” are actually adjectives. Here it is understood that Jesus is talking about “those who are meek” or “the meek ones.”
  5. 5. Adjectives (4)  Adjectives have “degrees”  Positive: “holy,” “righteous,” “good”  “you are my strong refuge” (Ps 71:7)  Comparative: “holier,” “more righteous,” “better”  “And the LORD made his people … stronger than their enemies (Ps 105:24)  Superlative: “holiest,” “most righteous,” “best”  “The anger of God rose against them and he killed the strongest of them” (Ps 78:31)

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