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ORDER OF ADJECTIVES

GROUP 6

Introduction
In English, it is common to use more than one adjective before a noun -- for example, "He's a silly young fool," or "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.

The order usually go from the first to the last. The last group will occupy the closest place to the nouns. Modifier closest to the nouns has the closest association with the used noun.

Modifier closest to the nouns has the closest association with the used noun. E. g. two excellent public tennis courts. The word tennis is more connected to the meaning, while excellent have no distinct connection.

Basic Types of Adjectives


OPINION SIZE MOST OTHER QUALITIES AGE SHAPE COLOR PARTICIPLE FORMS ORIGIN MATERIAL TYPE PURPOSE

OPINION
Explains what you think about something. E.g. silly, beautiful, horrible, difficult. A beautiful, blue flower.

SIZE
Tells you how big or small something is E.g. large, tiny, enormous, little

MOST OTHER QUALITIES


Other describable qualities E.g. clear, busy, famous, friendly, soft, quiet

AGE
Tells you how young or old something or someone is. E.g. ancient, new, young, old.

SHAPE
Describes the shape of something. E.g. square, round, flat, rectangular.

COLOR
Describes the color of something E.g. black, white, green, red, yellow, indigo

PARTICIPLE TERMS
Explains in what state something is. E.g. running, missing, covered, broken.

MATERIAL
Describes what something is made from. E.g. wooden, metal, cotton, paper, sandy.

TYPE
Explains what type something is. E.g. electronic, human, chemical, domestic, urban..

PURPOSE
Describes what something is used for. These adjectives often end with "-ing, but not all the time. E.g. walking boots, tennis court, alarm clock.

EXAMPLES
Age + Participle Form .. Old broken chinaware. .. Ancient brick wall. Opinion + Color . Beautiful blue shawl.

EXAMPLES
A wonderful old Italian clock. (opinion - age origin) A big square blue box. (dimension/size - shape - color) A disgusting pink plastic ornament. (opinion color - material) Some slim new French trousers. (dimension/size - age - origin)

WARNING!!!
These rules are not absolute! Can be different sometimes. Sometimes we prefer putting a shorter adjective before a longer one. e. g. a big horrible building size BEFORE opinion.

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