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    sequencing of adjectives

    I have trouble sequencing adjectives when they seem to be all qualities. Can you give me a general guideline. Thank you.
    example:
    military, high-ranking, uniformed officer
    five, homeless, young children (I wrote the words in this sequence and got an x)
    loose, multicolored attire
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    Re: sequencing of adjectives

    Personally, I think it just takes experience; adjective order is a slippery business. This is how I would array them:

    high-ranking uniformed military officer.
    five young homeless children ('homeless person' has become a common collocation).
    loose multicolored attire.

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    Re: sequencing of adjectives

    Try googling The Royal Order of Adjectives.

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    Re: sequencing of adjectives

    Here's a scheme for the order of adjectives:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/articles...djectives.html


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    Re: sequencing of adjectives

    Dear Mr Micawber, Dandelion and Tdol,
    Thank you so much.
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    Re: sequencing of adjectives

    You're welcome.

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    Re: sequencing of adjectives

    You're welcome.


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    Re: sequencing of adjectives

    the rule for sequencing adjectives is as follows:

    1. opinion
    2. size
    3. shape
    4. age
    5. color
    6. material

    put adjectives in that order -- note, however, that english speakers rarely use more than three descriptive adjectives in front of a noun.

    example: It's a small circular red button. (size, shape, color)
    example: It's a beautiful old stone house. (opinion, age, material)

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