Sequence, Order and Usage of Adjectives


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 grey antique chair that is always there in the living room.

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

  1. The dress is blue and white.

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

  1. I have a  big black, blue and white sneaker.

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

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