Order of Adjectives in a Sentence
An adjective is a word that describes a person or thing.
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Big, pretty, expensive, green, round, French, loud, quick, fat.
- He has big
- The new
- The old
lady was talking in a quiet
The word "adjective" comes from the Latin word jacere
, which means
Different Types of adjectives
Adjectives can be divided into several types:
Nice, pretty, stupid, original, expensive, etc.
Big, small, large, tiny, enormous, little, etc.
Young, old, new, ancient, antique, etc.
Round, square, flat, straight, etc.
Blue, red, white, black, dark, bright, yellowish, etc.
Italian, British, Mexican, western, southern, etc.
Metal, wooden, plastic, golden, etc.
A determiner is a word that comes before a noun to show
which person or thing you are talking about.
my, your, some, any, several, enough, any.
- I have a
- Please give me my
people decided to leave.
- She doesn't want any
- They watched several
Some people consider determiners
to be a type of adjective
What's special about determiners is that you usually can use
determiner at a time.
He has the my
He has my
ticket / He has the
Click here to read more about English Determiners.
Nouns that act like adjectives
adjectives. In other words, they come
before another noun and describe it.
The order of adjectives
A noun can have several adjectives describing it.
"She bought a new
"He is a great
There are certain rules on the correct order of these adjectives.
This is the
order you should generally follow:
-> origin ->
from the same type:
(Determiner -> opinion ->
(Determiner -> size ->
age -> purpose/function
(Determiner -> origin -> material)
(Determiner -> shape -> color)
When you have several adjectives from the same type, you should
separate them with commas or a conjunction (and, but).
"Comparative" means "comparing something to something else."
Comparative adjective show which thing is
stronger, weaker, and so forth.
Better, worse, bigger, smaller, nicer, fatter, thinner, more dangerous.
- She is a better
student than her brothers.
- The test was worse
than I'd expected.
- You are stronger
- He seems healthier.
- You are more
"Superlative" means "of the highest degree."
Superlative adjectives show us which thing is the best, the strongest,
and so forth.
Best, worst, strongest, smallest, cheapest, most expensive.
- You are my best
- This is the worst
day of my life.
- Even the smallest
- This is the most
expensive restaurant I've ever heard of.
Read also:Comparatives and SuperlativesPossessive Adjectives, Showing Ownership