I am teaching my ELL students the order of modifiers and have run into a question I couldn't quite answer.
Granted the order of adjectives goes as follows:
an opinion of quality
age or temperature
Would this sentence be correct?
A new small black cotton sweater.
My question pertains to the order in which the word "new" comes in. I would say the above sentence is correct, but if new fits into the age category, the sentence would read as follows:
A small new black cotton sweater.
Which ones is correct? is it even relevant?
Thanks for your help,
I never realized these: a big old cat but a new compact car. FYI, myself as a learner, direct-indirect criterion may seem a bit arbitrary from person to person, at least it works for me. Thanks 2006!
[QUOTE=yuriya;602085]I never realized these: a big old cat but a new compact car. FYI, myself as a learner, direct-indirect criterion may seem a bit arbitrary from person to person, at least it works for me. Thanks 2006![/QUOTE
You're welcome! Maybe "directly" was not the best word to use. Perhaps I should have said that the other three words describe the physical features of the sweater. "new" does not describe its physical features, at least not in the same way.
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