WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT TEACHING ADJECTIVES
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Big, beautiful, boring. You probably think you know everything there is to know about adjectives. Adjectives seem to be a relatively simple aspect of English because they don’t change like other words do – nouns and verbs, for instance. However, there are a few rules of using adjectives which you may not be aware of and which will help your learners be able to use them better.
1. Order of adjectives
When we use more than one adjective to describe a noun, there is a specific order that we need to use. Let’s look at an example:
My mom collects beautiful, old, round, red, French glass vases.
This sentence sounds a little bit weird because it’s not often that we would use so many adjectives at one time, but this is the order in which we would use them:
Opinion, size, shape, age, colour, nationality, material
If we delete a few of the adjectives in the example it would sound more natural and still prove our point:
My mom collects beautiful, old French vases.
My mom collects round, red glass vases.
If the adjectives are used in any other order, it sounds awkward. Think, for example, of a brown, big dog.
2. Bored or boring?
One aspect of adjectives which learners seem to find particularly tricky is whether or not the adjective ends in –ed or –ing.
I am bored.
I am boring.
There is actually a very simple rule for this, but we may need to point this out to our students before they can use it in their language production:
The –ed ending refers to the person or object experiencing the adjective, while the –ing ending refers to the person or object which is causing the adjective.
3. Comparative and superlative
When we compare two or more items, we need to use different forms of the adjectives. If we are comparing two items, we use the comparative; if we are comparing three or more items we use the superlative. Comparative adjectives end in –er for one-syllable words or use more if there are two syllables. Superlative adjectives use –est for one-syllable words or use the most if there are two syllables.
My dad is stronger/ more intelligent than your dad.
Tom Cruise is the shortest/ the most adventurous actor in the world.
As you can see, learning adjectives is not as simple as learning the meaning of the words. Learners need to know the rules about adjectives and how to use them depending on the situation and the intended meaning. Being able to use adjectives correctly will ensure your students sound more natural in their productions of English.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.