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    Cool Order of Adjectives

    Hi, guys ! My question is: as far as I know there is a order that adjectives must have in a sentences when modifying a noun. How do you know if the order is correct ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Garcia View Post
    Hi, guys ! My question is: as far as I know there is an order that adjectives must have in a sentences when modifying a noun. How do you know if the order is correct ?
    General rule is that adjectives in English precede the noun and, if I am not mistaken, in Spanish they follow the noun

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    Default Re: Order of Adjectives

    From Wikipedia:
    In general, the adjective order in English is:
    1. quantity or number
    2. quality or opinion
    3. size
    4. age
    5. shape
    6. color
    7. proper adjective (often nationality, other place of origin, or material)
    8. purpose or qualifier
    So, in English, adjectives pertaining to size precede adjectives pertaining to age ("little old", not "old little"), which in turn generally precede adjectives pertaining to color ("old white", not "white old"). So, we would say "A nice (opinion) little (size) old (age) white (color) brick (material) house."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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