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Adjective Word Order

We use adjective to modify nouns. But, sometimes we use two or more adjectives together to modify one noun. In this case, we have to know which adjective comes first and which one comes later.  There are rules about adjective word order. Let’s see the following examples.

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Adjective Word Order

 

  • Don lives in a nice new house.
  • There were four beautiful small square wooden chair in the living room.
  • It’s a nice sunny day.
  • This is the delicious hot food I am looking for.
  • Jane is such an intelligent young Colombian girl.

 

Opinion and Fact Adjectives in Adjective Word Order

We usually divide adjective into two parts; one is  opinion adjectives and the latter is  fact adjectives.
Adjectives like new, large,  round,  wooden are fact adjectives. They give us objective information about something (age, size etc.). Adjectives like nice, beautiful are opinion adjectives.  Opinion adjectives usually go before fact adjectives. Let’s see the following tables.
 Opinion Adjectives  Fact Adjectives  Noun
a
a
an
a
nice
delicious
intelligent
beautiful
sunny
hot
young
large square wooden
day
chili sauce
man
chair

Fact Adjective Order

Sometimes we use two or more fact adjectives to modify one noun. Very often (but not always) we put fact adjectives in this order.
 Size  Age  Color  Origin  Material  Noun
a

a
a
an
a

tall
big
small
large
 young

old
new

brown
bluewhite
Norwegian plastic
woodencotton
man
eyes
bag
table
song
shirt

Adjectives of Size, Length, Shape, and Width

Adjectives of size and length (big / small / slim / tall / short / long etc.) usually go before adjectives of shape and width (round / fat / thin / wide etc.). Let’s see the following example.
  • a large round table
  • a short fat girl
  • a long winding road
  • a small new house

Adjective Word Order Exercise

Put the adjectives in the bracket into the correct position. Example : a beautiful chair (wooden round)

You write   : a beautiful round wooden chair

  1. a good-looking man ( young ) ………

  2. a sunny day ( lovely ) ………

  3. a beautiful ring ( gold ) ………

  4. an old man ( ugly ) …….

  5. a modern house ( expensive ) ……

  6. a red car ( old/little ) …..

  7. long hair ( dark/beautiful )….

  8. a metal box ( red / big ) …..

  9. an English film ( old ) …….

  10. a beautiful wife ( young/Russian ) …..

Answer

  1. a good-looking man ( young )  👉 a good-looking young man

  2. a sunny day ( lovely ) ……… 👉   a lovely sunny day

  3. a beautiful ring ( gold ) ………   👉 a beautiful gold ring

  4. an old man ( ugly ) …….  👉 an ugly old man

  5. a modern house ( expensive ) …… 👉 an expensive modern house

  6. a red car ( old/little ) ….. 👉 a little old red car

  7. long hair ( dark/beautiful )…. 👉 beautiful long dark hair

  8. a metal box ( red / big ) ….. 👉 a big red metal box

  9. an English film ( old ) ……. 👉 an old English film

  10. a beautiful wife ( young/Russian ) ….. 👉 a beautiful young Russian wife

 
 

 

 



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