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5.9: Try It: Adjectives and Adverbs

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    Identify

    Read the paragraphs below. Identify any adjectives and adverbs. 

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\) - The new fossil, identified as Theriosuchus, in different views

    Colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and myself have described the first Scottish crocodile fossil! It’s from the Isle of Skye, from a time known as the Middle Jurassic, and it dates back about 160 million years. Based on a partial bit of a jawbone, it’s not going to be the most spectacular fossil we’ve ever found, but it tells a pretty neat story.

    Based on the identifiable features of the jawbone, we were able to identify the specimen as belonging to Theriosuchus. This genus has a quite complicated history, and currently the five species that are assigned to it span 100 million years! That’s pretty long lived for a single genus.

    Theriosuchus belongs to a group known as Atoposauridae. Atoposaurids are a pretty cool group of crocodile ancestors, often characterized by a small, dwarfed body size; multiple tooth types; and a costal or an inland habitation. They also show an unusual combination of “primitive” characteristics and features that we associate with more “advanced” crocs.

    Answer:

    Your list of adjectives should look something like this:

    first Scottish crocodile; Middle; 160 million; partial; most spectacular; neat; identifiable; complicated; five; 100 million; long lived;  single; cool; crocodile; small, dwarfed body; multiple tooth; costal; inland; unusual; primitive; more “advanced”

    Here’s the paragraph with the adjectives bolded:

    Colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and myself have described the first Scottish crocodile fossil! It’s from the Isle of Skye, from a time known as the Middle Jurassic, and it dates back about 160 million years. Based on a partial bit of a jawbone, it’s not going to be the most spectacular fossil we’ve ever found, but it tells a pretty neat story.

    Based on the identifiable features of the jawbone, we were able to identify the specimen as belonging to Theriosuchus. This genus has a quite complicated history, and currently the five species that are assigned to it span 100 million years! That’s pretty long lived for a single genus.

    Theriosuchus belongs to a group known as Atoposauridae. Atoposaurids are a pretty cool group of crocodile ancestors, often characterized by a smalldwarfed body size; multiple tooth types; and a costal or an inland habitation. They also show an unusual combination of “primitive” characteristics and features that we associate with more “advanced” crocs.


    Your list of adverbs should look something like this:

    pretty; quite; currently; pretty; pretty; often; also

    Here’s the paragraph with the adverbs bolded:

    Colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and myself have described the first Scottish crocodile fossil! It’s from the Isle of Skye, from a time known as the Middle Jurassic, and it dates back about 160 million years. Based on a partial bit of a jawbone, it’s not going to be the most spectacular fossil we’ve ever found, but it tells a pretty neat story.

    Based on the identifiable features of the jawbone, we were able to identify the specimen as belonging to Theriosuchus. This genus has a quite complicated history, and currently the five species that are assigned to it span 100 million years! That’s pretty long lived for a single genus.

    Theriosuchus belongs to a group known as Atoposauridae. Atoposaurids are a pretty cool group of crocodile ancestors, often characterized by a small, dwarfed body size; multiple tooth types; and a costal or an inland habitation. They also show an unusual combination of “primitive” characteristics and features that we associate with more “advanced” crocs.

    Look back at the adjectives and adverbs you’ve just identified. Are any of them comparatives, superlatives, or intensifiers? 

    Answer:

    There is one comparative (more), one superlative (most), and four intensifiers (pretty; quite; pretty; pretty).

    Colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and I have described the first Scottish crocodile fossil! It’s from the Isle of Skye, from a time known as the Middle Jurassic, and it dates back about 160 million years. Based on a partial bit of a jawbone, it’s not going to be the most spectacular fossil we’ve ever found, but it tells a pretty neat story.

    Based on the identifiable features of the jawbone, we were able to identify the specimen as belonging to Theriosuchus. This genus has a quite complicated history, and currently the five species that are assigned to it span 100 million years! That’s pretty long lived for a single genus.

    Theriosuchus belongs to a group known as Atoposauridae. Atoposaurids are a pretty cool group of crocodile ancestors, often characterized by a small, dwarfed body size; multiple tooth types; and costal or inland habitation. They also show an unusual combination of “primitive” characteristics and features that we associate with more “advanced” crocs.

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