Sometimes we use more than one adjective in front of a noun:

He was a nice intelligent young man.
She had a small round black wooden box.

Opinion adjectives:

Some adjectives give a general opinion. We can use these adjectives to describe almost any noun:


good bad lovely  strange
beautiful nice brilliant excellent
awful important wonderful nasty


Some adjectives give a specific opinion. We only use these adjectives to describe particular kinds of noun:

Food: tasty; delicious
Furniture, buildings: comfortable; uncomfortable
People, animals: clever; intelligent; friendly

We usually put a general opinion in front of a specific opinion:

Nice tasty soup.
A nasty uncomfortable armchair
A lovely intelligent animal

Usually we put an adjective that gives an opinion in front of an adjective that is descriptive:

a nice red dress; a silly old man; those horrible yellow curtains

We often have two adjectives in front of a noun:

a handsome young man; a big black car; that horrible big dog

Sometimes we have three adjectives, but this is unusual:

a nice handsome young man;
a big black American car;
that horrible big fierce dog

It is very unusual to have more than three adjectives.

Adjectives usually come in this order:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Size  Shape Age  Colour Nationality Material

We use some adjectives only after a link verb:

afraid alive alone asleep
content glad  ill ready
sorry sure unable well

Some of the commonest -ed adjectives are normally used only after a link verb:

annoyed;  finished;  bored; pleased; thrilled

We say:

Our teacher was ill.
My uncle was very glad when he heard the news.
The policeman seemed to be very annoyed

but we do not say:

We had an ill teacher.
When he heard the news he was a very glad uncle
He seemed to be a very annoyed policeman

A few adjectives are used only in front of a noun:





We say:

He lives in the eastern district.
There were countless problems with the new machinery.

but we do not say:

The district he lives in is eastern
The problems with the new machinery were countless.

Try these tasks to improve your adjective ordering.

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3


Task 4






Good afternoon dear Peter and Kirk. I have a problem with the order of the following sentence and I will really appreciate your help.

The__________(two, afternoon, interesting, teacher's, classes) are large.

I don't know where to put the genitive in those structures.
The two interesting afternoon teacher's classes are large. Or
The two teacher's interesting afternoon classes are large.
The teacher's interesting two afternoon classes are large.

Hello David Araque,

We generally do not provide answers to questions that are from elsewhere (other sites, books or tests) as we cannot become an answering service for people's homework! However, I can give you a clue which should help you. The clue is that the word teacher's here refers to only one teacher and so the word two must refer to classes, which is the only plural noun. That should help you as it is clear what the other adjectives can describe.

If you try to answer it yourself we will tell you if you have it right or not.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much dear Peter for your assistance.
So the correct sentence would be:
The teacher's two interesting afternoon classes are large.

Hello David,

Yes, that sounds right to me and as far as I can see is the only correct answer.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much.

Hi Sir, I'd like to know if these two sentences have the same meaning and are they both considered exclamative sentences or not?

"How beautiful you are" and "You are so beautiful"

Thank you

Hello html,

Both sentences can be exclamatory. Exclamatory sentences usually have one of three structures (see the bottom of this Cambridge Dictionary page) but really exclamative clauses don't have specific structures -- in other words, you can't tell from just the structures whether a sentence is exclamatory or not, nor does the structure determine the sentence type.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Order of adjectives 3
why the correct answer is :" Tom looked like an afraid rabbit " ?
i knew that Afraid is not normally used before a noun. It goes after the verb.

Hello mohamad hafez,

In Task 3 you are supposed to identify the sentence that is incorrect. You are right, 'Tom looked like an afraid rabbit' is not correct!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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