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
General
opinion
Specific
opinion
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:

north
south
east
west

northern
southern
eastern
western

countless
occasional
lone

eventful
indoor
outdoor

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

Exercise

Task 2

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Task 3

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Task 4

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Comments

What about 'CREAMY' and 'MILKY', which category of adjective it belongs to? Thanks

Hello Rita Hayati,

The categories given here are guides, not fixed rules. They are intended to show typical use but please remember that there is a lot of flexibility in this area.

I would say that adjectives like 'milky' and 'creamy' would generally follow colour:

a new white creamy/milky bar of chocolate

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello
I would like to know which one of these following is grammatically correct and why?
"English magnetic letters" or "Magnetic English letters"

Thanks for your help
Nima

Hello nimavazirir,

There is no fixed grammatical rule regarding this. Rather, there are conventions of use which represent the most common ways to express something. The most common order here, I would say, is 'magnetic English letters'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter,

I would like to thank you for your help.

Best wishes
Nima

Please answer me
I know what an "adjective phrase" in general is, but my question is when I have a group of adjectives before a noun are they called an adjective phrase?
For example, in this sentence, "There is a big black dog."
Are the two adjectives "a big black" called an adjective phrase??

Hello Walid baidas,

An adjective phrase can include two adjectives. It can also include adjectives separated by other words. For example:

The house is large but stll comfortable.

In this sentence everything after 'is' forms the adjective phrase.

Please note that all comments are moderated before they are published. Posting the same question multiple times does not mean that it will be answered more quickly!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

Hi Sir;

The adjective can be used as an object complement.
For example, he certified the document correct.

But, can we say the same thing in following way

he certified correct document.

Hi pumbi,

No, the second version is not correct.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir,

Are these sentences correct. " a beautiful new large long bridge"," very beautiful red shiny theme".

with regards,

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