We can use more than one adjective before a noun. There is usually one correct order. We cannot say sunny beautiful weatheror a-black big dog
B Adjectives and nouns
We sometimes use two nouns together (see Unit 82).
a glass door a computer program
Here we use glass like an adjective, to describe the door. When we use another adjective as well (e.g. heavy), it comes before both the nouns.
a heavy glass door a useful computer program
C Word order
We order adjectives according to their meaning. This is the normal order:
wonderful, nice, great, awful, terrible Adjectives that say how good large, small, long, short, tall and how big come first.
quiet, famous, important, soft, wet, difficult, fast, angry, warmnew, oldred, blue, green, black American, British, French stone, plastic, steel, paper an electric kettle, political matters, road transport a bread knife, a bath towel
Most adjectives come next if they do not belong to another group.
Some of these are nouns.
1 Opinion (how good?)
2 Size (how big?)
3 Most other qualities
4 Age (how old?)
6 Origin (where from?)
7 Material (made of?)
8 Type (what kind?)
9 Purpose (what for?)
Here are some examples.
a small green insect (size, colour) Japanese industrial designers (origin, type) a wonderful new face cream (opinion, age, purpose) awful plastic souvenirs (opinion, material) a long boring train journey (size, quality, type) some nice easy quiz questions (opinion, quality, purpose) a beautiful wooden picture frame (opinion, material, purpose)
We sometimes put commas between adjectives in Groups 1-3 a horrible, ugly building a busy, lively, exciting city
1 The order of adjectives (A-C)
Describe the pictures. Use these words: boots, building, car, seat, singer