My little sister was to identify the adjective in this sentence: "Mother painted the kitchen wall purple and green". I understand how kitchen can be an adjective as in kitchen sink, but I'm not sure if kitchen describes the wall.
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Yes, it can. Kitchen in both phrases, kitchen sink and kitchen wall functions the same way: it modifies the noun that follows -- all adjectives modify nouns. Kitchen is still a noun in both phrases, but because it functions as a noun that modifies another noun, it's sometimes called a nominal adjective. This is common in English. The same website calls them denominal adjectives. I've never seen that expression before, but it seems reasonable to me (and it's a terminological problem, not a grammatical problem, so I'm happy to change my terminology). A Word document on still another website calls them adjectival nouns.
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An adjective is any word in the English language which describes (provides more detail of) an object. Therefore, as the word "kitchen" in the provided example describes which wall mother will be painting, yes, it can be used as an adjective