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The Order of Adjectives

order 'adjectives the Many languages have a general order in which to apply descriptive terms-or adjectives-to a person, place, or thing. In English. there are eight types of adjectives that follow a common order. If you don't place the adjectives in the correct order. you may give emphasis to the wrong thing or even confuse native English speakers. For example. "The big black hairy dog" is perfectly clear, but "The hairy in the English language black big dog" will sound quite strange to a native speaker. 1 3 4. 5 7 8 SIZE OR PHYSICAL ΤΥΡΕ ΟR ARTICLE OR PREPOSI- VERB OPINION QUANTITY QUALITY AGE SHAPE COLOR ORIGIN MATERIAL NOUN SUBJECT PHRASE They Like to eat strange slimy pink hard-boiled eggs. She swims in frighteningly deep dark tunnel-like underwater caverns. Jim found big dusty old elephant skull. a creepy have surprisingly large furry pear-shaped grayish-white Japanese poodle. a young teacup It was made of fancy soft purple Moroccan leather. Ann hugged the tall plump forty-two-year-old player. Soccer Students loved the lengthy outdated Disney films. rules & notes Order Can Affect Meaning Emphasis Can Change You Can Use Multiple of the Depending on where an adjective is If you order your adjectives in an order Same Type of Adjective The Rules Aren't Perfect placed, the literal meaning of the word can different than the above sequence, you It's okay to use multiple of the same While this is the general order that change. For example, in “poor, unfortunate will likely draw attention or emphasis types of adjectives in a row; just use a native speakers follow most of the time, people," "poor" means "pitiful." If you to the out-of-order adjective. If done comma to separate them. For example, there are exceptions to this order. switch and say "unfortunate poor people," strategically, this can be a good thing. you might say that you're wearing a pink, "poor" means impoverished. teal, and white sweater (all colors). Designed by Curtis Newbold | | Copyright 2019 Source: Cambridge Dictionary:

The Order of Adjectives

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Ever wonder why we say "the big green dragon" instead of "the green big dragon"? The order of our adjectives makes all the difference! See this guide for how native English speakers order their descri...


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