Can you describe something without using adjectives??

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  1. DaniellaWood profile image71
    DaniellaWoodposted 14 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 image60
    limeylenaposted 14 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 image69
    Silver Poetposted 14 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 image62
    Lisa HWposted 14 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 image52
    oliviaxposted 13 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


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