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Order Of Adjectives

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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    Structure of Comparative Adjectives

    As...As Comparative Adjectives

    Superlative Adjectives

    Formation Superlative Adjectives

    Adjective Order

    Adjectives With Verbs

    Adjectives -ed & -ing

    Possessive Adjectives