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Adjective Order - English Grammar
There are general rules for using two or more adjectives together.
In most cases adjectives are placed before the noun.
It is not common to used more then 3 adjectives together, but it is possible and is grammatically correct.
- I love that really old big green antique car that always parks at the end of the street.
- My sister has a beautiful big tan and white, bulldog.
When an article is used such as "a", "an" or "the", then the article is placed before the adjective.
The 9 different adjective groups are listed below.
The order of the adjectives is as followed:
- Determiner- a, an, her, five, many, much several etc.
- Opinion - pretty, ugly, smart, cheap, etc.
- Size - big, fat, thin, tall, large, small etc.
- Shape - circle, square, tall, short etc.
- Age - old, young 10 years, a year, a week, new etc.
- Color - yellow, green, pink etc.
- Origin - American, English, Asian, Middle Eastern, African, European, Chinese etc.
- Material - cotton, wood, plastic, cloth, glass, gold etc.
- Purpose/Qualifier - hat box, sleeping bag, computer table,safe island, football field.
When there are 2 or more adjectives that are from the same group "and" is placed between the 2 adjectives.
- The house is green and red.
- The library has old and new books.
When there are 3 or more adjectives from the same adjective group.
Place a comma between each of the adjectives.
A comma is not placed between an adjective and the noun.
- We live in the big green white and red house at the end of the street.
- My friend lost a red, black and white dog, if you see it please let me know.