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05 / 07 / 2005

ADJECTIVE ORDER (1): meaning and examples

Good morning. When we describe people or things we sometimes use two or more adjectives together. In the English language there is a standard order for using adjectives according to their class. For the rest of the week we are going to learn some of these adjective classes. Before we begin, remember this basic rule of word order in English: ADJECTIVES GO BEFORE NOUNS. (CORRECT: A big house. INCORRECT: A house big.) This order is opposite to many Latin-based languages, like Spanish or Catalan. Position 1: Adjectives of Opinion Adjectives that state a personal opinion or subjective information usually go in the first position. Opinion adjectives include words like: nice, interesting, beautiful, ugly, dull, delicious, lovely. Position 2: Adjectives of Fact Adjectives that state a fact or objective information usually go in the second position. Fact adjectives give information about: size, age, colour, nationality, material. If you use an opinion adjective and a fact adjective in the same sentence to describe something or someone, the adjective order is: OPINION ADJECTIVE FACT ADJECTIVE NOUN Commas are usually written between adjectives, but not between the last adjective and the noun, although there are some exceptions to this rule. Example 1: He's a talented, French designer. Example 2: That's a lovely, big dog you've got! Example 3: What an ugly, polyester dress! Tomorrow we will look at some sub-categories of fact adjectives. If you have any questions about adjective order so far, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a nice day.