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    Linking adjectives with 'and'

    I read the following from a book:
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    Linking adjectives with and

    Before a noun, we donít need to use a conjunction to separate the adjectives we put together.

    They came to a terrifying, dark, gloomy clearing in the wood.

    We can choose to use and before the final item in a list of three or more adjectives used before a noun. In this case and emphaises the final adjective, and allows us to change the usual order of adjectives.

    They came to a dark, gloomy and terrifying clearing in the wood.
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    Does the author mean it is optional to use Ďandí to separate the adjectives we put together?

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    Re: Linking adjectives with 'and'

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I read the following from a book:
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    Linking adjectives with and

    Before a noun, we don’t need to use a conjunction to separate the adjectives we put together.

    They came to a terrifying, dark, gloomy clearing in the wood.

    We can choose to use and before the final item in a list of three or more adjectives used before a noun. In this case and emphaises the final adjective, and allows us to change the usual order of adjectives.

    They came to a dark, gloomy and terrifying clearing in the wood.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Does the author mean it is optional to use ‘and’ to separate the adjectives we put together?

    Thanks.
    Yes.

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    Re: Linking adjectives with 'and'

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    Yes.
    Thanks Mike

    The author of the book pointed out that leaners sometimes use conjunction (e.g. and) inappropriately in a sequence of adjectives.
    e.g *They were playing with a big and red ball.

    Should the above sentence be corrected as 'They were playing with a big red ball'?

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    Re: Linking adjectives with 'and'

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks Mike

    The author of the book pointed out that leaners sometimes use conjunction (e.g. and) inappropriately in a sequence of adjectives.
    e.g *They were playing with a big and red ball.

    Should the above sentence be corrected as 'They were playing with a big red ball'?
    Yes, no reason for "and" there.

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