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LESSON 40 ADJECTIVE PLACEMENT

 

When using more than one adjective to describe a noun place the adjectives in the following order before the noun.

NOTE: We usually use no more than three adjectives preceding a noun.

  1. Opinion

    Example: an interesting book, a boring lecture

  2. Dimension

    Example: a big apple, a thin wallet

  3. Age

    Example: a new car, a modern building, an ancient ruin

  4. Shape

    Example: a square box, an oval mask, a round ball

  5. Color

    Example: a pink hat, a blue book, a black coat

  6. Origin

    Example: some Italian shoes, a Canadian town, an American car

  7. Material

    Example: a wooden box, a woolen sweater, a plastic toy

Here are some examples of nouns modified with three adjectives in the correct order based on the list above. Notice that the adjectives are not separated by commas.

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