Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Adjectives: word order


We often use more than one adjective to describe a noun. The order of adjectives generally follows this sequence of categories: 
opinion
size
quality/
character
age
shape
colour
participles
origin
material
type
purpose
The 747’s refurbished interior features 
fantastic soft grey leather seats.


For sale: old, small, French carriage clock.



We always put the category which is most permanent or important (usually ‘type’ or ‘purpose’) next to the noun:

The builders took out the gas heating antiquated system.
 ٧ The builders took out the antiquated gas heating system.

And we put opinion adjectives before all others:

x  I've just bought this new mobile fantastic phone.
 ٧ I've just bought this fantastic new mobile phone.

!  We don’t usually use more than three or four adjectives before a noun. If we want to give more information we can use additional clauses:

[It’s a charming small nineteenth-century French brass carriage clock.]
    It's a charming small French carriage clock made of brass and dating from the nineteenth century.

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