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ADJECTIVE ORDER


Adjective Order

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. This page will explain the different types of adjectives and the correct order for them.

1. The basic types of adjectives

OpinionAn opinion adjective explains what you think about something (other people may not agree with you).
For example: silly, beautiful, horrible, difficult.
 
SizeA size adjective, of course, tells you how big or small something is.
For example: large, tiny, enormous, little
 
AgeAn age adjective tells you how young or old something or someone is.
For example: ancient, new, young, old
 
ShapeA shape adjective describes the shape of something.
For example: square, round, flat, rectangular
 
ColourA colour adjective, of course, describes the colour of something.
For example: blue, pink, reddish, grey
 
OriginAn origin adjective describes where something comes from.
For example: French, lunar, American, eastern, Greek
 
MaterialA material adjective describes what something is made
from.For example: wooden, metal, cotton, paper
 
PurposeA purpose adjective describes what something is used for. These adjectives often end with “-ing”.
For example: sleeping (as in “sleeping bag”), roasting (as in “roasting tin”)

The order of adjectives in English is:

 

OPINION+SIZE+AGE+SHAPE+COLOUR+ORIGIN+MATERIAL+PURPOSE+ NOUN

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