Order of Adjectives
 

A noun may have more than one adjective.

 

Example:

Ben is eating the big pink apple.

 
 
order of adjectives
 
 

Grouped adjectives in English normally follow a set order. The following table shows the normal order of adjectives (with examples).

 
Determiner Opinion Fact
size shape age colour origin material purpose
a/an
the
this
some
one
beautiful
ugly
amazing
boring
exciting
big
small
tall
short
long
round
square
flat
oval
curved
old
new
young
ancient
teenage
pink
blue
white
dark
yellow
Japanese
Korean
African
American
German
plastic
leather
metal
woolen
wooden
a noun or gerund used as an adjective.
 

Ben is wearing an ugly small round old blue Korean leather boxing glove.

 
adjective order
 
 
Practice
 

Adjective Order Exercise 1:

Arrange the adjectives into the correct order.

 
 
 
ball


big

 

a

 

blue




Adjective Order Exercise 2:

Arrange the adjectives into the correct order.

 
 
 
man


old

 

ugly

 

an




Adjective Order Exercise 3:

Arrange the adjectives into the correct order.

 
 
 
car


brown

 

German

 

a




 
 
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