Two adjectives

We often have two adjectives in front of a noun:

a handsome young man

a big black car

that horrible big dog

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


He’s a good wonderful brilliant bad dreadful teacher.

That’s a good wonderful brilliant bad dreadful book.

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

Food Furniture, buildings People, animals

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

nice tasty soup.

a nasty uncomfortable armchair

a lovely intelligent animal

We usually put an opinion adjective in front of a descriptive adjective:

a nice red dress

a silly old man

those horrible yellow curtains

Intermediate level


Could you please help me with the words "big" and "large", "small" and "little"??
which one is correct large room, or big room?? small baby, liitle baby....etc??

Hello Elusik,

All of them are correct and it is really a question of style and context as to which is preferable in a given example.



The LearnEnglish Team

what is Task 3 for ? The different couple words are not explained here or I do not understand this lesson ? I do not understand the answers of task 3, why its answer choose this but not that.

afraid and frightened.
alive and living.
asleep and sleeping.
well and healthy.
ill and sick.

Hi mitykg,

Task 3 covers characteristics of some adjectives. 'afraid', for example, is not used predicatively, i.e. before a noun -- this is mentioned in the explanation above where it says that some adjectives are used only after a link verb. Therefore, the third option in the first sentence is incorrect, since 'afraid' is not used this way.

The other pairs of adjectives work similarly -- the first ones are not use predicatively, whereas the second ones are.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Could you please have a check "adjective" part. I can't see the content, except "the order of adjective"

Thanks and Best Regards

Could you please have a check of " adjective-ed and -ing". I pressed the next button, but that part didn't come up. I tried on the computer and my phone as well.
I think it's possible the error system

Thanks a lot

Hi Van Hua,

Thank you for letting us know about this. It seems that some of the links here are not working correctly. I have passed it on to our technical team and I hope they will fix the problem quickly.



The LearnEnglish Team

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.