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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#1 Heidi on 03.13.08 at 12:26 pm

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!

#2 Janna Ethridge on 03.15.08 at 9:02 am

large padded for paired adjectives

#3 Susan Puryear on 03.15.08 at 9:14 am

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

#4 Susan Puryear on 03.15.08 at 9:15 am

Thanks for the program Write Shop.

#5 Irene Jackson on 03.15.08 at 9:22 am

large, padded
secretive and successful
Desert Bighorn

#6 Penny M. Smelcer on 03.15.08 at 10:24 am

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

#7 Ann on 03.15.08 at 4:52 pm

Paired adjectives in the museum article: secretive and successful

#8 Beth Hollmann on 03.15.08 at 6:47 pm

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

#9 Beth Hollmann on 03.15.08 at 6:49 pm

“Secretive and successful,” beginning second paragraph.

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

#10 Susan Morin on 03.15.08 at 7:16 pm

The paired adjectives: Secretive and successful

#11 Laura Warren on 03.16.08 at 5:50 am

Secretive and successful – paired adjectives…..

Laura Warren

#12 Donna on 03.16.08 at 7:27 am

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

#13 Jennifer Rodeniser on 03.16.08 at 9:12 am

“Secretive and successful” are the paired adjectives.

#14 Amy on 03.16.08 at 12:20 pm

The paired adjective is “Secretive and successful”

#15 Jonathan Royal on 03.16.08 at 4:01 pm


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


#16 Andrew on 03.17.08 at 5:15 am

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

Thank you = Andrew

#17 Angela Hite on 03.17.08 at 1:06 pm

Secretive and successful…

#18 Linda Altman on 03.17.08 at 3:20 pm

The paired adjectives in the museum plaque are large padded

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

#19 Rebecca Hirsch on 03.17.08 at 6:06 pm

“Secretive and successful…”