Posted by: episystechpubs | January 7, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Adjective Order

Here’s a topic that’s come up more than once, but I liked how simply it was covered on this website, so I thought I’d share it with you. From the GINGER website, I introduce you to the Order of Adjectives: How to order adjectives in English.

In many languages, adjectives denoting attributes usually occur in a specific order. Generally, the adjective order in English is:

1. Quantity or number

2. Quality or opinion

3. Size

4. Age

5. Shape

6. Color

7. Proper adjective (often nationality, other place of origin, or material)

8. Purpose or qualifier

For example:

1. I love that really big old green antique car that always parked at the end of the street.

2. My sister adopted a beautiful big white bulldog.

When there are two or more adjectives that are from the same group, the word and is placed between the two adjectives:

1. The house is green and red.

2. The library has old and new books.

When there are three or more adjectives from the same adjective group, place a comma between each of the coordinate adjectives:

1. We live in the big green, white, and red house at the end of the street.

2. My friend lost a red, black, and white watch.

A comma is not placed between an adjective and the noun.

If you still find this a bit confusing, there are additional examples and a quiz on the GINGER website. Enjoy!

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

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