Order of Adjectives

Order of Adjectives : Grammar and Spelling Tips

Adjectives follow an order before a noun:

This table explains the order of adjectives coming before a noun in the English language, although it is very unlikely that anyone would use eight adjectives before a single noun. Generally, few would use more than a couple or so.

There are cases where the order isn't followed, but it works in almost all cases. The basic movement is from subjective (opinion) to objective (material/purpose).

Opinion Size Age Shape Colour Origin Material Purpose + Noun

good
bad
terrible

huge
tiny
vast

young
elderly
ancient

round
square
circular

black
white
transparent

Spanish
Japanese
British

leather
plastic
metal

riding
sleeping
hunting

boots
bag
rifle

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