An adjective phrase performs the function of an adjective.
Study the following sentences.
He is an honorable man. (honorable – adjective)
We can replace the adjective honorable with an adjective phrase having the same meaning.
He is a man of honor. (man of honor – adjective phrase)
Churchill is an eminent man. (eminent – adjective)
Churchill is a man of eminence. (man of eminence – adjective phrase)
He leads a wicked life. (wicked – adjective)
He leads a life full of wickedness. (full of wickedness – adjective phrase)
Not all adjective phrases can be replaced by adjectives.
Desire for fame is the last infirmity of a noble mind.
In this case, the adjective phrase ‘desire for fame’ cannot be replaced by an adjective.
Replace the adjective phrases in the following sentences.
1. A tiger is an animal of great strength.
2. We must lead a life free from fear.
3. That man is full of courage.
4. This matter is of great importance.
5. Walls of stone do make a prison.
6. A child who has no home has to live in misery.
7. The subcontinent of India consists of many countries.
8. He is a man without mercy.
1. A tiger is a strong animal.
2. We must lead a fearless life.
3. He is a courageous man.
4. This is an important matter.
5. Stone walls do not make a prison.
6. A homeless child has to live in misery.
7. The Indian subcontinent consists of many countries.
8. He is a merciless man.