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Grammar Adjectives Adjective order

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Index What is the correct order of adjectives before a noun? Michael Swan
(Practical English Usage, Oxford University Press, 1997) writes:
"Unfortunately, the rules for adjective order are very complicated, and
different grammars disagree about the details" p. 8 He does, however, go on
to list some of the most important rules: "1. Adjectives of colour, origin,
material and purpose usually go in that order. Colour origin material
purpose noun red Spanish leather riding boots A brown German beer
mug A Venetian glass flower vase 2. Other adjectives usually go before
words of colour, origin, material and purpose. It is impossible to give exact
rules, but adjectives of size, length and height often come first. The
round glass table (NOT the glass round table) A big, modern brick house
(NOT a modern, big brick house) Long, flexible steel poles A tall,
ancient oak-tree 3. Adjectives which express judgements or attitudes
usually come before all others. Examples are lovely, definite, pure, absolute,
extreme, perfect, wonderful, silly. A lovely, long, cool drink Who's that
silly fat man over there? 4. Numbers usually go before adjectives. Six
large eggs The second big shock First, next and last most often go
before one, two, three etc. The first three days My last two jobs." pp.
8-9 He does not mention age, which would normally go after adjectives of
size, length and height, but before colour, origin, material and purpose. A
big old straw hat. A charming young university student. Thus, a complete
list could be: (article) + number + judgement/attitude + size, length,
height + age + colour + origin + material + purpose + noun a lovely
long black leather coat a valuable Dutch Impressionist painting a rustic
old stone holiday cottage For more information about adjective order, see: For exercises on
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