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    Hello!
    Will you please help me with the order of adjectives?
    I got a model of a rotor, and this model is a physical model.

    So, how should I write it:
    1. Physical rotor model
    2. Rotor physical model

    Well, of course I could use "the physical model of the rotor", but it appears too long and awkward...

    The order of adjectives is like this:
    Number
    Attitude
    Size
    Age
    Color
    Origin
    Material
    Purpose

    To me, the "rotor" and "physical" look like they denote the purpose.
    What to do?


    Thanks!
    P.S. I'm going to use an abbreviaiton for that.

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    Default Re: Order of Adjectives

    I did not arrange this order, this is the order of adjectives from grammar textbooks.
    E.g. "Little red riding hood"
    [Attitude, color, purpose + noun]

    Yes, you can write it the way you did.
    But when you describe with adjectives a certain noun, and there is a line of adjectives before a noun and nothing else, then there is a definite order in English, is not there?

    "Rotor" in my case is a big metal thing that is basically a cylinder in shape with a number of journals.
    If the "rotor" is used in my context ("rotor model"), couldn't it be an ajective? (The term "scaled rotor model" is ok with our US customers.)
    I thought it was a model to test the rotor, that is why I identified it as denoting the "purpose".
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    Default Re: Order of Adjectives

    I would use "physical rotor model." You mean this as opposed to a computer model of the rotor. Using "rotor" as an adjective would be acceptable in the industry, as you say. It gets awfully wordy to constantly say "model of the rotor."

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    Default Re: Order of Adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would use "physical rotor model." You mean this as opposed to a computer model of the rotor. Using "rotor" as an adjective would be acceptable in the industry, as you say. It gets awfully wordy to constantly say "model of the rotor."
    Thanks a lot! That's what I was trying to do -- avoid wordiness!

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