Coordinate adjectives describe the same noun and appear next to each other. Understanding how to structure coordinate adjectives in your writing is a high emphasis topic on the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ Writing subtest.
Remember that adjectives are words that describe a person or thing. To determine if the adjectives in a sentence are coordinate, k12reader.com suggests asking yourself the following questions:
1. Does the sentence make sense if “and” is added between the adjectives?
2. Does the sentence make sense if the adjectives are reversed?
If you answer, “yes,” to these questions, the adjectives in your sentence are coordinate.
Examples of Coordinate Adjectives
The following sentences contain coordinate adjectives because they modify the noun in a logical, parallel way:
- Apples are an inexpensive, versatile fruit that are used to create an assortment of desserts.
- The city council responded to concerns about the abandoned, aging building.
- She was a pretty brown-haired, brown-eyed girl wearing a flowing flower dress.
- The group’s kind and generous donation helped feed 50 families this past Thanksgiving.
The following sentences contain adjectives that are not coordinate because they modify the noun in a different way:
- The Mean Machines are typically a tough hockey team.
- We ate two oversized sweet potatoes for dinner.
Coordinate Adjective Practice
Put your knowledge of coordinate adjectives to the test for the TASC test with these practice examples. Are the adjectives in the following sentences coordinate? If so, how would you rewrite the sentence?
- The Christmas carolers sang happy joyous songs.
- We rode our bikes down a bumpy dirt road.
- The weather forecast called for more humid hot weather.
- She had a blast at his surprise pool party.
- Sharks are interesting intelligent creatures.
- Mrs. Smith gave me a large complex math problem to solve.
- The Christmas carolers sang happy, joyous songs.
- We rode our bikes down a bumpy dirt road. (No comma is needed.)
- The weather forecast called for more humid, hot weather.
- She had a blast at his surprise pool party. (No comma is needed.)
- Sharks are interesting, intelligent creatures.
- Mrs. Smith gave me a large, complex math problem to solve.