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    order of adjectives

    She has long, straight, black hair. Is the order of adjectives correct here.
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    Re: order of adjectives

    Yes

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    Re: order of adjectives

    How about commas? Do you need them in this sentence?

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    Re: order of adjectives

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    Actually, English grammar does not specify the ordering of adjactives among themselves. So there following versions are also correct:

    She has black, straight, long hair.
    She has straight, black, long hair.
    She has straight, long, black hair.
    She has black, long, straight hair.
    ...

    or any other permutation.

    In fact, it is sometimes correct to put the adjactive after the noun, just like adjactives in French and Spanish. Technically speaking, there are no rules on the relative positions of adjactives and the nouns they are describing.

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    Re: order of adjectives

    Actually, English grammar does not specify the ordering of adjactives among themselves.

    Your reference for this please?

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    Re: order of adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Actually, English grammar does not specify the ordering of adjactives among themselves.

    Your reference for this please?
    Please refer to

    order of adjectives before nouns english grammar learnenglish

    There are guidelines on ordering of adjactives, but no agreed-upon rules.

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    Re: order of adjectives

    Practically the first sentence I read on your given reference site is,
    and I cut and paste:


    He does, however, go on to list some of the most important rules:

    You change the order, and you change the sense:

    She has black, straight, long hair.

    This reply is what a reader would expect, if I had just described a female thief as having short, straight, black hair, and the policeman tells me that another witness described the thief as you had written, the policeman emphasizing the most dissimilar aspect by placing it last - "She has black, straight, long hair."

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    Re: order of adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Practically the first sentence I read on your given reference site is,
    and I cut and paste:


    He does, however, go on to list some of the most important rules:

    You change the order, and you change the sense:

    She has black, straight, long hair.

    This reply is what a reader would expect, if I had just described a female thief as having short, straight, black hair, and the policeman tells me that another witness described the thief as you had written, the policeman emphasizing the most dissimilar aspect by placing it last - "She has black, straight, long hair."
    Google search for 'order of adjectives'
    htt://learnenglish.org.uk/grammar/adjective/adjective_order.html
    Colour-origin-material-purpose-noun
    red-spanish-leather-riding-boots.
    Size,length,height before noun. And....
    Regards,
    rj1948.

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