adjectives in the right order in English
Native English speakers naturally place adjectives
(and secondary nouns
acting as adjectives) in the "correct" order when writing or speaking;
but very few native English speakers have ever learnt, or even thought
of, the rules that determine the order in which adjectives are placed.
This obviously means that the rules are
a) very basic and simple, and b) very few in number. More than rules,
they are principles.
Adjectives are placed in English according to their nature or type.
There are three groups
of adjectives, defining the qualities of a
innate or fundamental permanent
► B. Basic,
but circumstantial qualities
► A. Articles & accessories
relative or perceived circumstantial qualities.
At the start of group A come Articles and determiners
And of course, they will be placed in
the natural order ABC,
with the most
fundamental adjectives coming
closest to the noun, i.e. last.
Each group contains different types of
adjectives, which may require a specific sequence. the table below
lists the different groups and their types, and is followed by examples.
When two group A adjectives of similar nature qualify the
they may be linked by "and". However "and" is never required
to link adjectives from different groups.
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