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Order of adjectives



Urpi
Peru

Order of adjectives
 
Hello I found in a book the the first adjective is SIZE, but when I learnt English , it was Personal Opinion. Has it changed? I mean the order of adjectives?
Thanks.

22 Aug 2012      



Apodo
Australia

No, it īs not personal opinion - it īs common usage. Sometimes adjectives may be ordered differently for an effect or other reason, but generally size would come first.
Big red sports car wouldn īt be correct in any other order.

22 Aug 2012     



barbarachiote
Brazil

Well, according to Grammarway 2, the order of adjectives is:

Opinion adjectives then factual adjectives, for example: beautiful big round wooden table.

This way, opinion adjectives comes before SIZE, AGE, SHAPE,COLOUR, ORIGIN, MATERIAL.

I hope it might be helpful.



22 Aug 2012     



yanogator
United States

Apodo, I think you missed urpi īs point. It wasn īt that word order is a matter of personal opinion, but that adjectives expressing personal opinion come first, which they generally do. As you pointed out, however, the order can be changed for the purpose of emphasis.
 
Bruce

22 Aug 2012     



MoodyMoody
United States

So to take Apodo īs example: a FABULOUS (opinion) big (size) red (color) sports (type) car
 
 
 

22 Aug 2012     



Urpi
Peru

Thanks a bunch to you all.

22 Aug 2012     



Apodo
Australia

Embarrassed Doh!
 
 What a horrendously stupid big fat twit I am!

23 Aug 2012     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

@Apodo LOL.  

All these rules to learn! I īm pleased I īm a native speaker.

23 Aug 2012     



jannabanna
France

Me too, Cunliffe!  I remember battling like mad with the French language 30 years ago when I came here and that was enough, believe me!!

23 Aug 2012