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Adjective order

When several adjectives modify the same noun, there is a particular order they must follow in English. Certain adjectives come before others. (Not all have to be used in the same sentence.)

See the chart below.

order of adjectives in English

Examples:

  • Some of the hungry gentlemen
  • The last great civilization
  • Ten big round metal rings
  • The beautiful Japanese ceramic vase
  • Either of the small green apples
  • My three lovely daughters
  • An interesting wooden statue
  • The third red plastic container

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