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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:

  1. Determiner - a, an, her, five, many, much several etc
  2. Opinion - pretty, ugly, smart, cheap, etc
  3. Size - big, fat, thin, tall, large, small etc.
  4. Shape - circle, square, tall, short etc
  5. Age - old, young 10 years, a year, a week, new etc
  6. Color - yellow, green, pink etc
  7. Origin - American, English, Asian, Middle Eastern, African, European, Chinese etc
  8. Material - cotton, wood, plastic, cloth, glass, gold etc
  9. Purpose/Qualifier - hat box, sleeping bag, computer table,safe island, football field, etc

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.
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