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Adjectives describe nouns (and pronouns).
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
This sentence has every letter in the alphabet, and three adjectives.
- Quick and brow describe the fox; fox is a noun.
- Lazy describes the dog; dog is a noun
The facts are: the fox jumps over the dog. Adding adjectives provides more description, more colour, but can be over done.
The general rule
The general rule is to avoid adjectives – unless they are essential … unless they provide information the reader need to know.
Often, an adjective with a noun can be better expressed using a stronger noun, and being more specific.
- big house = mansion
- narrow road = lane
We look at strong nouns later – when we want to consider replacing weak nouns.