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Adjective Order

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Peter Suchsland

on 19 October 2014

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Adjective Order 1..2..3..
Grammar Rule

Not absolute.
Some minor differences of opinion regarding order of adjectives
N-O-S-A-S-C-O-M-P

Number
Opinion
Size
Age
Shape
Color
Origin
Material
Purpose
Number
How many are there? One? Two? Three? 1,659 ?

One, Two, three, several, many,
A few, a couple, thousands of, seven

Examples:
I have several old music players for sale.
I have one great girlfriend.
Order is important when adding adjectives to describe a noun.
Examples

No! : "the American, shinny, big car."
Yes! ---> "The big, shinny, American car."

No!: "The gold beautiful watch is for sale."
Yes! ---> "The beautiful, gold watch is for sale."

No: "young, beautiful, three, ladies crossed the street."
Yes: ---> "Three beautiful, young ladies crossed the street."
Opinion
What words are an opinion?

Fantastic, Wonderful, Ugly, Beautiful, Stupid, Smart,
Incredible, Great, Lousy, Terrible, Tasty, Comfortable

Examples:
I ate some tasty, fried Chinese noodles.
I sat in a comfortable, new chair.
This is a wonderful class that you are taking!
Age
Size
Big, Small, Little, Tiny, Huge, Petite, Wide,
Huge, Enormous, Fat, Thin, Slender, ...
C-O-S-A-C-O-M-P

Comparative/Superlative
Opinion
Size/Shape
Age
Color
Origin/Nationality
Material
Type/Purpose

Young, Old, Baby, 5 year old, Mature, Teenage,
Round, Circular, Oblong, Rectangular, Square, Triangular
Red
,
Orange
,
Yellow
,
Green
, White,
Blue
, Blue-ish, Grey-green,
Purple
, Ocre, Poka-dot,
Mauve
,
Origin/Nationality
American, Canadian, German, northern, southern, Chinese, English, Japanese, Cambodian, Korean
Material
Metallic, Plastic, Steel, Copper, Silver, Gold, Leather, Wooden, Concrete, Glass, Ceramic, Aluminum,
Is the adjective describing a purpose for the Noun?

Fishing Pole, Camping Gear, Physics Teacher, Carving stone,
SHAPE
Color Colour
Purpose

Lesson Plan
Present and Correct some incorrect order sentences. Discuss.
Create from adjective sheet
10 or more sentences that contain 2,3 or more adjectives.

Go around room, discuss.
Incorrect Order Sentences
Create Sentences
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