Adjective Word Order


Adjective Word Order Explanation

We use adjective to modify nouns. But, sometimes we use 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.  Let's see the following examples.
  • Don lives in a nice new house.
  • There were four beautiful small square wooden chair in the living room.

Opinion And Fact Adjectives

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
blue


white




Norwegian
 

plastic
wooden

cotton
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

Exercise

In this exercise you have to 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 ) .....

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