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Topic 2 (session A) - Being creative with words and phrases > Manipulating word classes > A style with lots of adjectives

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Manipulating word classes

A style with lots of adjectives

Below is a passage from Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner More about Anita Brookner.

Consider the effects of the adjectives in the extract (which we have highlighted for you) and then compare your findings with ours.

The Hotel du Lac (Famille Huber) was a stolid and dignified building, a house of repute, a traditional establishment, used to welcoming the prudent, the well-to-do, the retired, the self-effacing, the respected patrons of an earlier era of tourism. It had made little effort to smarten itself up for the passing trade which it had always despised. Its furnishings, although austere, were of excellent quality, its linen spotless, its service impeccable.

(Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac, p 13)


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