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Adjective word order

Do you know the order adjectives should be used in?

This week we've been thinking about adjectives, with one of our lessons focusing on adjective word order.

When we have more than one adjective in a sentence we then need to think about putting them in the correct order in terms of adjective type.

As a rule, adjectives are used in this order:

General opinion, specific opinion, size, shape, age, colour, nationality, material.

For example:

'a wonderful, comfortable, large, straight, new, green, British, sofa'

Correct the errors in the sentences below:

  1. He bought a leather, large bag.
  2. The children were wearing a plastic, gruesome facemask.
  3. This weekend, I’m going to buy a Japanese, huge, widescreen tv.
  4. She bought herself a white, long dress for the party.
  5. I’m looking forward to reading the new, exciting book I just bought.
  6. I mean the American, young teacher not the old, French one.
  7. She’s holding a large, leather, green handbag.
  8. I hate using plastic, soft cutlery to eat my lunch.
  9. It’s a gold, small ring that I have lost.
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Answers

  1. He bought a large, leather bag.
  2. The children were wearing a gruesome, plastic facemask.
  3. This weekend, I’m going to buy a huge, Japanese, widescreen tv.
  4. She bought herself a long, white dress for the party.
  5. I’m looking forward to reading the exciting, new book I just bought.
  6. I mean the young, American teacher not the old, French one.
  7. She’s holding a large, green, leather handbag.
  8. I hate using soft, plastic cutlery to eat my lunch.
  9. It’s a small, gold ring that I have lost.

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