the third of the eight parts of speech, modifies (qualifies or
limits the meaning of) a noun or pronoun. An adjective can answer any one
of these questions: What kind? Which one? How many? or How much?
In addition to regular adjectives such as tall, muscular, beautiful, and intell-
there are two specific types of adjectives—the proper adjective and the
➲ A proper adjective is formed from a proper noun. Examples of proper
adjectives include French onion soup, the Belgian detective, Orwellian
philosophy, and the Kenyan landscape.
➲ A compound adjective is composed of two or more words. Examples
include part-time referee, eight-foot tree, and fifteen-year-old musician.
➲ Note: Do not hyphenate an adjective preceding an adverb that ends
in -ly. Some of these instances are smartly dressed politician and nicely
Precautions while using Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen therapy is the administration of oxygen as a medical intervention, which can be for a variety of purposes in both chronic and acute patient care. Oxygen is essential for cell metabolism, and in turn, tissue oxygenation is essential for all normal physiological functions. High blood and tissue levels of oxygen can be helpful or damaging, depending on circumstances and oxygen therapy should be used to benefit the patient by increasing the supply of oxygen to the lungs and thereby increasing the availability of oxygen to the body tissues, especially when the patient is suffering from hypoxia and/or hypoxaemia.