Order of Adjectives: Useful Rules & Examples

Order of Adjectives in English!! Learn how to put the adjectives in the correct order with useful rules, examples and ESL printable infographic.

Order of Adjectives | Rules

Many times we use more than one adjective with a noun. In such situation, it is important to arrange the adjectives in the correct order according to their types. This systematic arrangement of adjectives and the rationale behind it is called the ‘order of adjectives’.

Some of the rules that need to be kept in mind while ordering the adjectives are:

Determiners like articles (a, an, the), possessives (my, your, etc.), demonstratives (this, that, etc.), quantifiers (some, any, few, many, etc.) and numbers (one, two, three, etc.) always appear before anything else.

– The general order is OPINION before FACTS. This means that opinions should always come before facts while arranging the adjectives before noun. For example: in the clause ‘a beautiful ancient house’, ‘a’ being a determiner should come first, ‘beautiful’, i.e., the opinion should come next before the fact, i.e., ‘ancient’. Finally, ‘house’ should come which is the main noun.

– Therefore, the normal order that is followed is: Determiner/Opinion Adjectives/Fact Adjectives/Nouns.

– Fact adjectives can be further broken down and arranged into: other / size, shape, age, colour / origin / material / purpose.

Adjective Order – Examples

  • Two tall white American men
  • A beautiful well-known 15th century Italian coffee table
  • A wonderful old French wood clock
  • This fantastic famous German sports car
  • That really big old green antique car
  • A beautiful big white bulldog
  • The big green, white and red house

Other of Adjectives in English| Infographic

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George Thankachen
George Thankachen
3 years ago

May I point out a mistake in the opening sentence ! Isn’t it “Many a time” rather than Many a times.

Wilde Hesse
Wilde Hesse
3 years ago

How can you mix “many” and “times” which are plurals with “a” that means 1? I believe you are mistaken. By the way, it says “Many times”, which is correct. Perhaps they noticed the mistake and corrected it. Regards.

1 year ago

Very useful. Thanks!

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