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How To Use Adjectives
Read through the rules, and then do the exercises underneath.
When using more than one adjective to describe a noun place the adjectives in the following order before the noun.
NOTE: We usually use no more than
three adjectives preceding a noun.
Opinion and general description
Example: nice, funny,
Dimension / Size / Weight
Example: big, small,
Example: old, new,
Example: green, red,
Country of origin
Example: wooden, cotton, woollen, plastic
8. Purpose and power
Example: walking (socks), tennis (racquet), electric (iron)
Here are some examples of nouns modified with three adjectives in the correct order based on the list above. Notice that the adjectives are not separated by commas.
A wonderful old French clock. (opinion - age - origin)
A big square blue box. (dimension - shape - colour)
A disgusting pink plastic ornament. (opinion - colour - material)
Place the adjectives in the correct order
before the noun. When you have decided on the correct order, click on the arrow
to see if you have answered correctly.
Here's a rhyme which, if you learn it, might help you remember the order of adjectives!
In my nice big flat
There's an old round box
For my green swiss hat
And my woolly walking socks.