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    order of adj

    In a series of adjectives describing a noun, if I have an adjective about 'age' and another adjective about 'temperature' which one should be the first?

    1. the old freezing apple.
    2. the freezing old apple.

    If they are both correct, where can I use each? I think the latter is usually more important, so in this case can I say whenever I want to emphasize on 'freezing' I use number 1?
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    Re: order of adj

    Actually, if you want to emphasize you would probably put it first. The freezing old apple. As opposed to the other old apples.

    It can depend on your vocal emphasis as well.

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    Re: order of adj

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Actually, if you want to emphasize you would probably put it first. The freezing old apple. As opposed to the other old apples.

    It can depend on your vocal emphasis as well.
    Based on the order of adjective which is important in English and based on your answer, I suppose the both structures: age + temperature and temperature + age are correct. You agree?

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    Re: order of adj

    In your example, both forms are acceptable.

    See this article for a detailed guide to adjective order. The following chart is particularly useful:

    Adjectives usually come in this order:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    General
    opinion
    Specific
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    Size Shape Age Colour Nationality Material
    (British Council)

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