Belen in Spain asks: “Which is the correct order for adjectives?” Dan has the answer.
When using two or more adjectives together, the order is important.
Adjectives are put in the following order:
opinion, size, quality, age, shape, colour, participle forms, origin, material type and purpose
It’s a beautiful old Indian carpet.
We can join 2 adjectives from the same group together using and:
It’s a beautiful old red and green Indian carpet.
We can join two contradictory adjectives together using but:
It’s an old but expensive Indian carpet.
If two adjectives have a similar meaning, the shorter one goes first:
It’s a soft, comfortable chair.
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OK! This week’s learner question comes from Belen from Spain. Who asks, “May I ask which the correct order in adjectives is?” Of course you can Belen. Are you ready? Are you ready? Are you ready? Here we go.
When we use two or more adjectives together to describe a noun, the order that we put them in is quite important. For example, we don’t usually say an old Indian beautiful carpet. That sounds weird. It sounds much better say a beautiful old Indian carpet.
As a general rule, adjectives are placed in the following order: opinion, size, quality, age, shape, colour, participle forms, origin, material type and purpose. Did you get that? It’s a beautiful old Indian carpet.
If you want to use two adjectives from the same group together, we combine them with ‘and’. For example, it’s a beautiful old red and green Indian carpet. We can also combine adjectives with but, and this is usually when they have a contradictory meaning. For example, it’s an old but expensive Indian carpet.
Finally, if we use 2 adjectives that have a similar meaning, we usually put the shorter one first. For example, it’s a soft, comfortable chair.
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