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Adjective order

Introduction


We use adjectives to describe nouns. We often use more than one adjective.

Adjective after "be"

We can put the adjective after "be". We can use two adjectives with "and", and commas with three or more:


Adjective before the noun

We put the adjective before the noun:
More than one adjective

We usually put more than one adjective in a specific order. We don’t need to use commas if we use the adjectives before the noun: Examples:

Form - order of adjectives


When we use two or more adjectives, we generally use adjectives about the individual noun first and about the type of noun last, with opinions (suggesting good or bad) first and facts last.

This table shows a common order of adjectives:

  opinion > shape > age > colour > location > made from

individual noun >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> general type
1 - opinion    2 - shape or condition    3 - age    4 - colour    5 - location    6 - made from   
stylish
beautiful
cheap
expensive
long
short
round
hot
young
old
new
modern
black
white
gold
dark
French
European
Italian
African
wooden
leather
glass
silk

Examples


Practice

Complete the sentences with the correct order of adjectives and noun from a, b or c:



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Further practice

Complete the sentences by choosing the correct answer from a, b, c or d:



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