Order of Adjectives

There is a rather strict order of adjectives in the English language. It means that when we have two or more adjectives in a sentence we should place them according to a certain rule one after another.

You should remember that it is not typical to use long adjective phrases in a spoken or written language. But still there are cases when three or even five adjectives occur in one sentence.

This useful table will help you understand and remember the order of adjectives in the sentence.

Table of Order of Adjectives

Place 

Meaning

Examples

1

opinion

good, bad, beautiful, important, etc.

1*

specific opinion

clever, uncomfortable, tasty, etc.

2

size

big, immense, little, heavy, low, etc.

3

physical quality

well-dressed, untidy, athletic, fat, etc.

4

shape

square, broad, curved, flat, crooked, etc.

5

age

new, old, young, 19-year-old, etc.

6

color

green, purple, black, etc.

7

origin

English, American, Turkish, German, etc.

8

material

gold, silver, copper, cotton, leather, wooden, stone, diamond, etc.

9

type

four-wheeled, paragliding, diving, etc.

10

purpose

engineering, medical, etc.

 

Note, that we can give a general opinion and the specific opinion. The first one goes before the second one. Specific opinion shows our own emotions and attitude to the object of speaking. It can be a comfortable/uncomfortable couch, pleasant/unpleasant situation, etc.

Look at the examples below. Pay attention to the order of adjectives.

Helen is a beautiful (1), clever (1*), tall (2), young (5), Australian (7) lady.

My brother bought an awesome (1), red (6), sport (9) car.

He made an ugly (1*), enormous (2), square (4), black (6), wooden (8) table.

This is a big (2), modern (5), German (7), dental (10) centre.

 

 

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Choose a correct order of adjectives in the sentence.

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My mother brought home a ____ ____ ____ kitten.
little, black, cute
little, cute, black
cute, little, black
black, cute, little
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Explanation

We should place adjectives according to the rule this way: cute (opinion), little (size), black (color).

You can revise the information about the order of adjectives here.