ORDER OF ADJECTIVES

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COMMAS:
Between Coordinate Adjectives
Coordinate adjectives are those that carry equal weight—like co-workers in an organization. It doesn't
matter which comes first because they both have equal emphasis. It does not matter which order coordinate
adjectives appear in.

EXAMPLE:
Willy had a long, bushy beard.
Willy had a bushy, long beard.

It does not matter which comes first: long or bushy. These are coordinate adjectives. Notice the comma between
the adjectives.

NOT Between Cumulative Adjectives
Cumulative adjectives build their meaning in one particular order. You can not switch them
around and still make sense.

EXAMPLE:
Willy wore his black basketball shoes.
Willy wore his basketball black shoes. (This sounds silly, doesn't it?)

The order of black and basketball does matter; black must appear first in the sentence. These are
cumulative adjectives: they build their meaning in one order only. Notice there is no comma
between them.

Arrange the adjectives in the right order:

1.- There was _____________________________________________________________ outside the house.
(a dog, black, terrifying, huge)

2.- I gave her _____________________________________________________________ for her birthday.
(some handkerchiefs, beautiful, white, cotton)

3.- There was ___________________________________________________________ hanging on the wall.
(a picture, old, wonderful, Impressionist)

4.- Have you seen __________________________________________________________ lying on the floor?
(a pair of gloves, brown, leather)

5.- She was wearing __________________________________________________________________ .
(a sweater, winter, woolen)

6.- There is _________________________________________________________________ in this town.
(a church, Gothic, very old)

7.- My mother bought _________________________________________________________ for the picnic.
(several plates, plastic, blue, small)

8.- ____________________________________________ didn’t feel comfortable living with the British family.
(the girl, French, fifteen-year-old)

9.- There were _________________________________________________________________ on the shelf.
(a lot of ornaments, china, little, useless)

10.- Why don’t you wear _______________________________________________________ . It’s rather cold.
(your coat, thick, fur)

old our headmaster boring a big old brown bear 5 ___________________________________ 12 ___________________________________ . a red big plastic hat 7. a dirty old cotton tie d. a. arts nice teacher new our French American gorgeous blond-haired a girl . a. a square wooden old table c. . an new French exciting band 8. a dirty cotton old tie b. a. a a cotton dirty old tie 5. a small serving Japanese bowl c. . an old cotton dirty tie c. an exciting new French band d. a small Canadian thin lady b. a blue sailing beautiful boat 3. a serving small Japanese bowl d. . a new carving steel knife 4. a steel new carving knife d. a. a Japanese small serving bowl b. a small Japanese serving bowl 6. a big plastic red hat d. an old square wooden table d. city a Italian beautiful old spoilt boy nasty a little 7 ___________________________________ 14 ___________________________________ . a sailing beautiful blue boat d. . a. .Choose the right option: 1. a. black small box ebony a old 18th century a Scottish fantastic castle 3 ___________________________________ 10 ___________________________________ . a French new exciting band b. man a short friendly young a businessman horrible greedy 4 ___________________________________ 11 ___________________________________ . wooden dark a table long citizen self-righteous a middle-class 6 ___________________________________ 13 ___________________________________ . a blue beautiful sailing boat c. . a new steel carving knife c. a small thin Canadian lady d. 1 ___________________________________ 8 ___________________________________ . an exciting French new band c. an old wooden square table b. a. a wooden old square table 2. a plastic big red hat c. my teacher old horrible maths dirty new a perfect system 2 ___________________________________ 9 ___________________________________ . . a big red plastic hat b. a Canadian small thin lady c. a carving steel new knife b. a thin small Canadian lady Order the words in the boxes. a beautiful blue sailing boat b.

our boring old headmaster 5.EXERCISE 1 1. c 6. a big old brown bear 12. a 7. My horrible dirty old maths teacher 2. b 8. There was a wonderful old Impressionist picture… 4. A horrible greedy businessman 11. b 4. Have you seen a pair of brown leather gloves… 5. a self-righteous middle-class citizen 13. Why don’t you wear your thick fur coat … EXERCISE 2 1. My mother bought several small blue plastic plates … 8. a friendly short young man 4. d 5. a fantastic 18th century Scottish castle 10. I gave her some beautiful white cotton handkerchiefs… 3. There is a very old Gothic church … 7. a gorgeous blond-haired American girl . c EXERCISE 3 1. There Was a terrifying huge black dog … 2. our nice new French arts teacher 8. a small old black ebony box 3. The fifteen-year-old French girl … 9. a nasty spoilt little boy 14. She was wearing a winter woollen sweater … 6. a long dark wooden table 6. There were a lot of useless little china ornaments … 10. a beautiful old Italian city 7. a perfect new system 9. d 2. a 3.