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    Default Anna Chapman is a 28-year-old beautiful Russian...

    Shadow is a two-year-old beautiful Siberian Husky.
    Shadow is a beautiful two-year-old Siberian Husky.

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    Anna Chapman is a beautiful 28-year-old Russian with an IQ of 162, a diplomat father and a taste for the high life.
    Anna Chapman is a 28-year-old beautiful Russian with an IQ of 162, a diplomat father and a taste for the high life.
    Are both sentences correct?

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    Default Re: Anna Chapman is a 28-year-old beautiful Russian...

    "Beautiful two-year-old" is the natural order of the adjectives.

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    Default Re: Anna Chapman is a 28-year-old beautiful Russian...

    I agree that it's the natural order, but you could use the other one, but the first question would be why.

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    Default Re: Anna Chapman is a 28-year-old beautiful Russian...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Beautiful two-year-old" is the natural order of the adjectives.
    And is 28-year-old beautiful be the natural order of the adjectives as well?

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    Default Re: Anna Chapman is a 28-year-old beautiful Russian...

    English is a strange language; it actually requires enumerated adjectives to follow an order starting with the most common or most obvious, and moving toward the less common or less obvious.

    If you wrote a children's story involving the "bad big wolf" you'd make people laugh. Big and small are more commonly used than bad, so you have to use them in the normatively-determined order: "big bad wolf."

    It's the only language I know of with such empathy toward listener expectations, though Chinese comes close, in requiring times and places to be listed from largest to smallest: 2001年 7月 22日, or 2001-year 7-month 22-day, seems the best convention for dates. The English system, 9/11/2001, seems ridiculous by comparison.

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    Default Re: Anna Chapman is a 28-year-old beautiful Russian...

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    And is 28-year-old beautiful be the natural order of the adjectives as well?
    No, the other way around. Beautiful 28-year-old.

    Adjective Order - Placement of Adjectives in Order for English Learners

    Here is a "rule" for how to order adjectives. Like all English "rules" don't be surprised by exceptions.

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