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University of California, Irvine

Adjectives and Adjective Clauses

University of California, Irvine via Coursera


Being able to adeptly use adjective clauses in speaking and writing is useful for upper level English learners. Adjectives and adjective clauses are very common in English, so students need to be able to understand them when they see them or hear them. Students often struggle to bring complexity to their speaking and writing and adjective clauses can be a great way to do this.

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  • Welcome
    • This is the second course in the Learn English: Intermediate Grammar specialization. Here, you will learn all about adjectives and adjective clauses. These are very important for making your sentences interesting and more complex. In this course, you'll learn the rules for using adjectives and adjective clauses correctly.
  • Adjectives and Adjective Phrases
    • In the first module, you will review what adjectives are and how to use them correctly in English. Then you'll learn about adjective phrases. You'll have plenty of chances to practice this material.
  • Adjective Clauses
    • In this module, you will learn about adjective clauses. Like adjectives and adjective phrases, adjective clauses describe or modify nouns. You will learn what an adjective clause looks like and how to use them correctly to make your sentences more complex.
  • More Adjective Clauses
    • Now, you'll learn about some other common types of adjective clauses. Keep in mind what you already know as it will help you learn these new structures.
  • Reduced Adjective Clauses and Appositives
    • In this last module, you will learn a different way to use adjective clauses. It is different but very common and, therefore, important.

Taught by

Tamy Chapman


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  • Not the best course I have taken. Not because it wasn't a good course but I found it kind of difficult to really understand.
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    Paulina Gently is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    I'm wasting my time with this course. I was hoping that this one would improve on the first, but, unfortunately, the format is the same. The videos are boring for a more advanced student; peer-review can only be described as the laughing stock. There're no discussion forums.
    The difference between this course and the course offered on edX is immense. I wish I hadn't applied for the financial aid for Conjunctions, etc. because now I have to complete the course, while I could be spending my time on a course that really improves my English grammar and punctuation and/or reading a good grammar book. Shame on UCI.
  • Kathleen Wright completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    It was so screamingly boring that I couldn't complete it. I am a writing teacher, fiction coach, and published author. There has to be a more interesting way to present this!
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