Opinion adjectives usually go before fact adjectives.
a nice(opinion) long(fact) summer holiday an interesting(opinion) young(fact) man
an delicious(opinion) hot(fact) vegetable soup a beautiful(opinion) large round wooden(fact) table
B. Sometimes we use two or more fact adjectives. Very often (but not always) we put fact adjectives in this order:
1. how big? -> 2. how old? -> 3. what color? -> 4. where from? -> 5. what is it made of? -> NOUN
a tall young man (1 -> 2) a large wooden table (1 -> 5)
big blue eyes (1 -> 3) an old Russian song (2 -> 4)
a small black plastic bag (1 -> 3 -> 5) an old white cotton shirt (2 -> 3 -> 5)
Adjectives of size and length (big/small/tall/short/long etc.) usually go before adjectives of shape and width (round/fat/thin/slim/wide etc.): a large round table a tall thin girl a long narrow street
When there are two colour adjectives, we use and:
a black and white dress a red, white and green flag
buta long black dress (not 'a long and black dress')
C. We say 'the first two days', 'the next few weeks', 'the last ten minutes' etc.:
* I didn't enjoy the first two days of the course. (not 'the two first days')
* They'll be away for the next few weeks. (not 'the few next weeks')
D. We use adjectives after be/get/become/seem:
* Be careful! * I'm tired and I'm getting hungry.
* As the film went on, it became more and more boring. * Your friend seems very nice.
We also use adjectives to say how somebody/something looks, feels, sounds, tastes or smells:
* You look tired./I feel tired./She sounds tired. * The dinner smells good. * This tea tastes a bit strange.
But to say how somebody does something you must use an adverb:
* Drive carefully! (not 'Drive careful') * Susan plays the piano very well. (not 'plays...very good')
Put the adjectives in brackets in the correct position.
1. a beautiful table (wooden/round) __________________________________.
2. an unusual ring (gold) _________________________________________.
3. a new pullover (nice) ____________________________________.
4. a new pullover (green) ____________________________________.
5. an old house (beautiful) ______________________________________.
6. black gloves (leather) ________________________________________
7. an American film (old) ______________________________________.
8. a long face (thin) ____________________________________________.
9. big clouds (black) _____________________________________________.
10. a sunny day (lovely) ___________________________________.
11. a wide avenue (long) ____________________________________________.
12. a metal box (black/small) _____________________________________________.
13. a big cat (fat/black) ________________________________________________.
14. a little village (old/lovely)____________________________________________.
15. long hair (black/beautiful) ______________________________________________.
16. an old painting (interesting/French) _______________________________________
17. an enormous umbrella (red/yellow) ________________________________________.
2. Write the following in another way using the first .../the next ..../the last ...
1. the first day and the second day of the course _____________________________________
2. next week and the week after ________________________________________________
3. yesterday and the day before yesterday _______________________________________
4. the first week and the second week of September ____________________________________
5. tomorrow and a few days after that _________________________________________________
6. questions 1, 2 and 3 of the examination ___________________________________________
7. next year and the year after _______________________________________________
8. the last day of our holiday and the two days before that _________________________________-
Complete each sentence with a verb (in the correct form) and an adjective from the boxes.
verb: feel smell look seem smell sound taste
adjective: awful fine nice interesting upset wet
1. Ann ______________________________ this morning. Do you know what was wrong?
2. I can't eat this. I've just tried it and it ___________________________.
3. I wasn't very well yesterday but I _______________________________today.
4. What beautiful flowers! They ___________________________________too.
5. You _____________________________________. Have you been out in the rain?
6. Jim was telling me about his new job. It _____________quite ____________, much better than his old job.
Choose the correct word.
1. This tea tastes a bit ____________________________ (strange/strangely)
2. I always feel ______________________ when the sun is shining. (happy/happily)
3. The children were playing ______________________________ in the garden. (happy/happily)
4. The man became ____________ when the manager of the restaurant asked him to leave. (violent/violently)
5. You look _____________________. Are you all right? (terrible/terribly)
6. There s no point in doing a job if you don t do it ______________________________ (proper/properly)
Adjectives and adverbs (1) (quick/quickly)
A. Look at these examples:
* Our holiday was too short - the time went very quickly.
* The driver of the car was seriously injured in the accident.
Quickly and seriously are adverbs. Many adverbs are made from an adjective + -1y: