Paired adjectives spotted at museum

In my blog on Monday, I noted that occasionally we read about WriteShop users who skip the paired adjective instruction, complaining that it teaches stilted and unnatural writing. I find it rather amusing, because once you start looking for them, you discover paired adjective sentence starters popping up everywhere, from cookbooks and novels to signs and newspaper articles.

When they’re used in moderation, I love paired adjectives! They’re just one way a student can infuse some life into a piece of writing by mixing up and varying sentence structure.

Paired Adjectives in the Real World

Anyway, as I promised on Monday, I thought it might be fun to start posting some of my paired adjective sightings now and then, starting with an exhibit plaque I photographed a couple of years ago at the San Diego Museum of Natural History.

Win a FREE StoryBuilder eBook 

Everyone who identifies the paired adjectives in the museum plaque and posts the right answer in the comments by Monday (3/17/08) at midnight PDT will win a free World of People StoryBuilders eBook! That’s a $7.95 value! (I’ll hold all comments in moderation until the deadline to give everyone a chance.) EVERY person who answers correctly will win, so tell your friends to join the fun!

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  • Posted March 13, 2008


    Hi, Kim! I came over from JoJo’s blog.
    I’m guessing “secretive and successful” but I don’t want to win~ I already have the World of People Story Builders as I reviewed it for The Schoolhouse Store (I’m the E-Book Reviews Specialist).
    Great fun, though~ so I just had to pop over and play!

  • Posted March 15, 2008

    Janna Ethridge

    large padded for paired adjectives

  • Posted March 15, 2008

    Susan Puryear

    The paired adjective in the museum article is “secretive and successful”.

    We enjoy using Write Shop with my 7th grader and would love to have something like it for my 3rd grader. Thanks for this program

  • Posted March 15, 2008

    Susan Puryear

    Thanks for the program Write Shop.

  • Posted March 15, 2008

    Irene Jackson

    large, padded
    secretive and successful
    Desert Bighorn

  • Posted March 15, 2008

    Penny M. Smelcer

    The paired adjectives in the museum plaque are secretive and successful, and they modify mountain lions.

  • Posted March 15, 2008


    Paired adjectives in the museum article: secretive and successful

  • Posted March 15, 2008

    Beth Hollmann

    Paired adjectives: “Secretive and successful,” beginning the first sentence in the second paragraph.

  • Posted March 15, 2008

    Beth Hollmann

    “Secretive and successful,” beginning second paragraph.

    Sorry if I entered this twice. I couldn’t tell if it submitted my first attempt or not.

  • Posted March 15, 2008

    Susan Morin

    The paired adjectives: Secretive and successful

  • Posted March 16, 2008

    Laura Warren

    Secretive and successful – paired adjectives…..

    Laura Warren

  • Posted March 16, 2008


    Hope this is the place I am supposed to post the adjectives …. secretive and successful

  • Posted March 16, 2008

    Jennifer Rodeniser

    “Secretive and successful” are the paired adjectives.

  • Posted March 16, 2008


    The paired adjective is “Secretive and successful”

  • Posted March 16, 2008

    Jonathan Royal


    I think the paired adjectives are “forward-facing” eyes.


  • Posted March 17, 2008


    The pair adjectives are: large padded paws, forward facing eyes, big cat’s habitat, various smaller mammals, endangered Desert Bighorn Sheep.

    Thank you = Andrew

  • Posted March 17, 2008

    Angela Hite

    Secretive and successful…

  • Posted March 17, 2008

    Linda Altman

    The paired adjectives in the museum plaque are large padded

    This is in the first sentence:
    Observe this cat’s LARGE PADDED paws, …

  • Posted March 17, 2008

    Rebecca Hirsch

    “Secretive and successful…”

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