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    Default adjectival precedence

    Are there any rules which govern the precedence of adjectives?
    e.g. "a big fat black cat" sounds right whereas " a fat big black cat" doesn't.
    Is it just usage which enables native speakers of English to "know" what's right or wrong or can "correct" order be taught?

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    Default Re: adjectival precedence

    This may help you: 410 Grammar: Adjective Order

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    Default Re: adjectival precedence

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
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    Is it just usage which enables native speakers of English to "know" what's right or wrong or can "correct" order be taught?
    Both! No-one taught me the rules, but no native speaker ever said 'the red big bus' so I learnt at a fairly young age that size came before colour. Anglika's link is what you need.

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    Default Re: adjectival precedence

    Many thanks-the link has really clarified the situation for me.

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