Paired adjectives spotted at museum

by | Mar 13, 2008 | WriteShop I & II

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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  1. Rebecca Hirsch

    “Secretive and successful…”

  2. 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, …

  3. Angela Hite

    Secretive and successful…

  4. Andrew

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

    Thank you = Andrew

  5. Jonathan Royal


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


  6. Amy

    The paired adjective is “Secretive and successful”

  7. Jennifer Rodeniser

    “Secretive and successful” are the paired adjectives.

  8. Donna

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

  9. Laura Warren

    Secretive and successful – paired adjectives…..

    Laura Warren

  10. Susan Morin

    The paired adjectives: Secretive and successful

  11. 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.

  12. Beth Hollmann

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

  13. Ann

    Paired adjectives in the museum article: secretive and successful

  14. Penny M. Smelcer

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

  15. Irene Jackson

    large, padded
    secretive and successful
    Desert Bighorn

  16. Susan Puryear

    Thanks for the program Write Shop.

  17. 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

  18. Janna Ethridge

    large padded for paired adjectives

  19. Heidi

    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!