Order of adjectives
We sometimes put more than one adjective before a noun. Their order is as follows:
- Number or quantity (one, two…, a few, many…)
- Opinion or quality (nice, ugly, beautiful)
- Size (large, small, short)
- Shape (round, square)
- Age (two-year-old, young)
- Color (yellow, brownish)
- Origin (Italian, Medieval)
- Material (wooden, glass)
- Purpose (cooking, driving)
We normally separate adjectives with commas, and we use determiner (a, the, this, those, my, their, some…) before an adjective + noun phrase:
Two beautiful, tall, fifteen-year-old, Australian twin sisters.
A beautiful, small, wooden table.
This new, brownish, Italian piano.
Some round, green, metal, cooking spoons.
Put the adjectives in their natural order:
- Silky / white / trousers.
- Yellow and green / long / curtains.
- Blond / tall / woman
- Big / plastic / round / spoon.
- Funny / three / black and white hats.
(Key: 1. White, silky trousers. 2. Long, yellow and green curtains. 3. Tall, blond woman. 4. Big, round, plastic spoon. 5. Three funny, black and white hats.)
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