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06 / 07 / 2005

ADJECTIVE ORDER (2): meaning and examples

Good morning. Yesterday we started the topic of Adjective Order: describing people and things with two or more adjectives. We looked at two general categories of adjectives: opinion adjectives and fact adjectives. Remember that we usually state opinions before facts. Opinion --> Fact --> NOUN There are many different categories of fact adjectives and these categories also have a specific order. Today we will look at one sub-category of fact adjectives. Fact Adjectives (Postion 1): Adjectives of Size Fact adjectives that answer the question how big? usually go in the first position when there are two or more fact adjectives in a sentence. Adjectives of size give information about length, width and shape. If we have two or more adjectives of size together, we usually give information about size or length (big, short, tall, long, etc.) before information about shape or width (round, square, fat, thin, wide, narrow etc.) If you use an opinion adjective and some fact adjectives of size to describe something or someone, the adjective order is: OPINION FACT (size-length) FACT (shape-width) NOUN Remember, commas are usually written between adjectives but not between the last adjective and the noun. Example 1: Donovan is my handsome (opinion), tall (size), thin (width) cousin. Example 2: Isn't this a beautiful, big, round kitchen table? I bought it at the antique shop. Example 3: Emily lives in a charming, short, narrow lane (callejuela). Tomorrow we will continue with fact adjectives. If you have any questions about adjective order so far, please don't hesitate to contact us. Enjoy your day!