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order of adjectives



angela#anaconda
France

order of adjectives
 
Hey there!
 
I need your help guys!
I sometimes find it hard to know in which order Im supposed to put multiple adjectives before a noun.
For instance, would you say:
 
"Shes got long straight blonde hair" or "Shes got straight long blonde hair"
"Hes got short curly brown hair"  or "Hes got curly short brown hair".
 
I would instinctively use the first propositions but Im only 90 % sure!
 
What do you think?
 
Thank you all!
 
angela

7 Nov 2008      



saninfe
Spain

I hope this chart will help you. It is the usual order of adjectives.
 
Determiner Observation Physical Description Origin Material Qualifier Noun
Size Shape Age Color  
 
 EX: A/ THE      BEAUTIFUL   SMALL  ROUND ANTIQUE  BLUE  SPANISH  GOLDEN   COIN                     
 
 
 
But English do not use so many adjectives to qualify a noun.

7 Nov 2008     



Logos
Malaysia

Use of adjectives in description

 

Adjectives used in the description of objects are usually spoken in a fairly set order.  For instance, a person can say A big brown suitcase.  But A brown big suitcase. would sound strange.  The diagram below shows the usual order of adjectives. but it is not common to find so many adjectives used in one sentence.

 

How much / many?

Whats it like?

What size/length?

What shape?

How old?

What colour?

Whats the style / pattern?

Whats it made of?

What is it?

A/an

beautiful

little

square

old

pale red

check

silk

scarf.

A pair of

expensive

small

 

new

 

 

diamond

earrings.

Four

 

large

oblong

 

 

brown

 

wooden

tables.

 

7 Nov 2008     



juvelry
United Arab Emirates

Hi to all of you. These two answers that you got are simple and good to follow. I just wanted to add that the order of adjectives follow one very simple rule - the closer it is to a noun to more personal judgement attributes it has (for you put them from non personal view to resonal point of veiw).
Though sometimes it is pretty difficult to define on the hwole it works. :)
Take care,
Aleena... 

7 Nov 2008     



goodnesses
Algeria

I can give you a very simple tip but first,

Do you know what does "OPSHACOM" mean?

7 Nov 2008     



Zora
Canada

*raises hand and says pick me* LOL

It stands for - opinion, shape, age, color, origin and material!!

7 Nov 2008     



goodnesses
Algeria

Bravo , Zora - f
Canada

Thats the easiest way I found to remember the order of adjectives.

Good, though I hoped angela#anaconda guessing.

Yes it stands for

OP
=opinion (bad, good, interesting...) / SHA=Shape or size (big, small, round, tall...) / C=Color (yellow, green...) / O=origin (English, Canadian, country...) M= Material (leather, wooden, metal...)

OPSHACOM


Hpe this could help  angela#anaconda!

7 Nov 2008