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Adjective Order

David Escobar Melgarejo
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Guillermo Duarte

on 14 October 2012

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ADJECTIVES In English, it is common to use more than one adjective before a noun.

For example:
“He's a silly young fool,”
“She's a smart, energetic woman.”

When you use more than one adjective, you have to put them in the right order, according to type.

Let's see the different types of adjectives and the correct order for them. types of adjectives Opinion
An opinion adjective explains what you think about something and other people may not agree with you.

For example:
silly, beautiful, horrible, difficult Size
A size adjective, of course, tells you how big or small something is.
For example:
large, small, tiny, enormous, little Age
An age adjective tells you how young or old something or someone is.
For example:
ancient, new, young, old Shape
A shape adjective describes the physical form or appearance of something.

For example:
square, round, flat, rectangular Colour
A colour adjective, of course, describes the colour of something.
For example:
blue, pink, reddish, grey Origin
An origin adjective describes where something comes from.
For example:
French, lunar, American, eastern, Greek Material
A material adjective describes what something is made of.

For example:
wooden, metal, cotton, paper Purpose
A purpose adjective describes what something is used for. These adjectives often end with “-ing”.

For example:
sleeping (as in “sleeping bag”) Adjectives Order When you use two or more adjectives in front of a noun, you usually put an adjective that expresses your opinion in front of an adjective that just describes the appearance of something.

You live in a nice big house.
She is a cute little girl.
She was wearing a beautiful pink suit. When you use more than one adjective to express your opinion, an adjective with a more general meaning such as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘nice’, or ‘lovely’ usually comes before an adjective with a more specific meaning such as ‘comfortable’, ‘clean’, or ‘dirty’.

I sat in a lovely comfortable armchair in the corner.
He put on a nice clean shirt.
It was a horrible dirty room. You can use adjectives to describe different characteristics of the appearance of people, animals or things.

Descriptive adjectives belong to six main types, but it is not common to use all six types in the same noun group. If you do, you have to respect the following order:

Size / Age / Shape / Color / Origin / Material If you want to use an ‘age’ adjective and an ‘origin’ adjective, you put the ‘age’ adjective first.

We met some young Chinese girls.

Similarly, a ‘shape’ adjective normally comes before a 'color’ adjective.

He had round black eyes.

Other combinations of adjectives follow the same order.

There was a large round wooden table in the room.

The man was carrying a small black plastic bag.

You usually put comparative and superlative adjectives in front of other adjectives.

There are better round tables in the other store.

Some of the best English actors have gone to live in Hollywood. Which is the correct order?

1 a new steel carving knife

2 a steel new carving knife

3 a carving steel new knife

4 a new carving steel knife 1 a new steel carving knife Which is the correct order?

1 an old square wooden table

2 an old wooden square table

3 a wooden old square table

4 a square wooden old table 1 an old square wooden table Which is the correct order?

1 a cotton dirty old tie

2 a dirty old cotton tie

3 a dirty cotton old tie

4 an old cotton dirty tie 2 a dirty old cotton tie Thank you!
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