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Advanced Work with Adjectives

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the following 16 useful adjectives:

Advanced Adjectives Study Link

Here is the list of the adjectives for reference:

  • Affluent
  • Cerulean
  • Decrepit
  • Effeminate
  • Endemic
  • Feminine
  • Herculean
  • Luminous
  • Masculine
  • Nefarious
  • Obese
  • Precarious
  • Stingy
  • Torturous
  • Unpalatable
  • Utopian

Conversational Dialogue

Read the following dialogue, which uses some of the words we have learned, and answer the following questions:

An Everyday Chat between Two Women on the Phone

A: Hi, how’s it going? Hope you’re keeping busy at home now that the diner became take-out or delivery only.

B: It’s been OK. A bit torturous having to hear my son practice the violin every day. Hopefully it will turn into music one day.

A: I’m sure it will. At least he’s having fun. By the way, are you coming over to the grab-and-go school lunch pickup today?

B: Ummm… I’m not sure. Doesn’t seem like a great idea. I’ve heard the food is unpalatable, and I don’t wanna feel like I’m a stingy mom that won’t buy enough food for her kid.

A: Nah, don’t worry about it! The lunches are actually not bad at all. I’ve never been affluent, and so our family has had to rely on them from day one. The sandwiches are filling, and each meal comes with two pieces of fruit.

B: That’s good to hear. Well, I’ll go give it a shot then. With the world in such a precarious state, it’s nice to know I can at least rely on the school lunches to keep going.

A: I see what you mean. Some days I think society is going to fall apart, with half of the businesses shutting down, every building left decrepit from disrepair. But then, I get to see these lunch workers still chugging along with a friendly smile. I’m so grateful and it gives me hope.

B: Ha, I never want to go that deep into how bad it can get. I just want to focus on the things I can handle on my own. I’m trying to keep my body from becoming obese for when I go back to work. I heard somewhere that obese waitresses make less in tips than slim ones.

A: Good luck with that! See you in the drive-by line! Or either way, I’ll catch you later.

B: Yeah, sure. See you later!

A: Bye!

Take the following comprehension quiz:


Choose six of the new adjectives and write a sentence for each of them.

Now, it is time to put the adjective skills to answer real GED questions. These questions are adapted from Master the GED and GED Test Skill Builder: Language Arts, Reading.

Teachers: Click here to get your own copy of the practice GED test.

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