Adjective Before Noun
We often use more than one adjective before the noun:
- I like big black dogs.
- She was wearing a beautiful long red dress.
What is the correct order for two or more adjectives?
1. First of all, the general order is:
"Opinion" is what you think about something. "Fact" is what is definitely true about something.
- a lovely new dress (not
a new lovely dress)
- a boring French film (not
a French boring film)
2. The "normal" order for fact adjectives is
size, shape, age, colour / origin / material / purpose
- a small 18th-century French coffee table
- a rectangular black wooden box
3. Determiners usually come first, even though some grammarians regard them as fact adjectives:
- articles (a, the)
- possessives (my, your...)
- demonstratives (this, that...)
- quantifiers (some, any, few, many...)
- numbers (one, two, three)
Note that when we want to use two colour adjectives, we join them with "and":
- Many newspapers are black and white.
- She was wearing a long, blue and yellow dress.
Here are some examples of adjective order:
|determiner||opinion adjectives||fact adjectives|
|other||size, shape, age, colour||origin||material||purpose*|
|a||lovely||pink and green||Thai||silk||dress|
|a||big black and white||dog|
A "I want to buy a round table."
B "Do you want a new round table or an old round table?"
A "I want to buy an old table".
B "Do you want a round old table or a square old table?"