Can you describe something without using adjectives??

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (5 posts)
  1. DaniellaWood profile image84
    DaniellaWoodposted 8 years ago

    Can you describe something without using adjectives??

    I can't actually figure this out myself...I don't think you can...Give it a go... "This table is...shiny." Damn. "This table is...looking very...nice." Damn. Is it impossible??

  2. limeylena profile image54
    limeylenaposted 8 years ago

    Using similes and metaphors- you give an impression of the object or what have you, but without sounding like a thesaurus.

    This is a bad one, but it is the first thing that popped into my head, and I have to run:

    "This table looks like a girl all dolled up for prom."

  3. Silver Poet profile image70
    Silver Poetposted 8 years ago

    The question is further complicated by the fact that articles like the words "a, an, and the" are considered adjectives, as well as the word "this."

    Using simile is a good idea, however.

    "Tables are wood and are planes."  Adjectives would fill in the missing information so much more vividly.

    "Tables are elevated wooden planes used for eating, writing, etc."

  4. Lisa HW profile image65
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    It can be done, although the sentence won't be particularly appealing or artistic.  I'm assuming you mean not using any single word as an adjective and using nouns, verbs, or other parts of speech instead.  If I'm misinterpreting the challenge overlook my example.  smile    An example might be describing a coffee mug:

    It's the height of a cell-phone,  holds coffee, and has a diameter the size of a package of cigarettes.  There are flowers on it.  I think they're Chrysanthemums.  They appear to have been painted by hand, with a color that matches that is found in pumpkins.  The handle, which resembles a "C" that slants toward the bottom of the cup, has a color that matches the flowers on the body of the cup.

    Some of the words used:
    height of a cell-phone - several words
    cell-phone - noun, if it's used as one word; although "cell" could be seen as an adjective if "cell phone" were used, in which case, the "cell" could be left out completely.
    holds - verb
    coffee - noun
    and - article
    has a - verb
    diameter -
    size - noun
    package/package of cigarettes - nouns
    flowers - noun
    on - preposition
    it - noun
    think - verb
    Chrysanthemums - noun
    They - pronoun
    painted - verb
    hand - noun
    color - noun
    matches - verb
    found - verb
    pumpkins - noun
    handle - noun
    resembles - verb
    "C" - noun
    slants - verb
    bottom - noun
    cup - noun
    color - noun
    matches - verb
    flowers - noun
    body - noun
    cup - noun

    (I obviously left out some prepositions, articles, etc., in the interest of time.)

  5. profile image47
    oliviaxposted 7 years ago

    of course you can. i know this is so late, haha. but, you can. "This table is shiny." The table's surface shined in the sun as it emerged from the horizon

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)