Order Of Adjectives
English Adjectives Order
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,
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
- 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
- Color - yellow, green, pink etc
- Origin - American, English, Asian, Middle
European, Chinese etc
- Material - cotton, wood, plastic, cloth, glass,
- Purpose/Qualifier - hat box, sleeping bag,
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.