Order of Adjectives – Post 6


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How many times have you been struggling to understand which adjective comes first when there is more than one referring to the same noun?

Here is a simple framework which is going to help you understand how to properly place adjectives in your sentences:

1 – Opinion (beautiful, pleasurable, interesting, etc.)

2 – Size (big, small, tall. etc.)

3 – Physical quality (tidy, rude, inattentive, unkempt, etc.)

4 – Shape (square, triangular, round, etc.)

5 – Condition (new, worn, damaged, seasoned, etc.)

6 – Age (young, old, etc.)

7 – Colour (red, black, etc.)

8 – Pattern (spotted, pinstriped, checked, etc.)

9 – Origin (Italian, American, Spanish, etc.)

10 – Material (metallic, wooden, glass, etc.)

11 – Type (general-purpose, U-shaped, self-destructive, etc.)

12 – Purpose (running, sleeping, etc.)

Note: Before adjectives you should express the number of things you are talking about (Example: Four beautiful antique bicycles.)

Examples:

  1. A wonderful blue sky. (opinion, colour)
  2. A pair of worn blue jeans. (condition, colour)
  3. A big, worn, red, checked, Italian, cotton, shirt. (size,condition,colour, pattern, origin, material.)

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