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    Order of Adjectives: "old" and adjectives denoting condition

    Hello,

    Which sentences would you say?

    1a) That crumbling old house is a disaster waiting to happen.
    1b) That old crumbling house is a disaster waiting to happen.

    2a) She always wears those torn old jeans.
    2b) She always wears those old torn jeans.

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    Re: Order of Adjectives: "old" and adjectives denoting condition

    According to the royal order of adjectives, 'old' should be put after 'crumbling' and 'torn'.

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    Re: Order of Adjectives: "old" and adjectives denoting condition


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    Hello naweewra.

    Answered here.


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    Re: Order of Adjectives: "old" and adjectives denoting condition

    Hello, Nawee,
    I would say 1a) and 2a)

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    Re: Order of Adjectives: "old" and adjectives denoting condition

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Hello,

    Which sentences would you say?

    Using Matthew's Royal Order of Adjectives (which sounds like a fraternal lodge for British English professors!), you can go two ways:

    1: If you consider crumbling and torn to be observations, then Matthew is right, old should come after those words.

    2: But if you want to treat them as physical conditions, then they can be used in either order, and commas are neede
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    1a) As an observation: That crumbling old house is a disaster waiting to happen.
    1b) As a physical condition: That old, crumbling house is a disaster waiting to happen.

    2a) As an observation: She always wears those torn old jeans.
    2b) As a physical condition: She always wears those old, torn jeans.

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    Re: Order of Adjectives: "old" and adjectives denoting condition

    Sorry if I have offended anyone. I only wanted to see what would be the first choice that pops into people's mind, so I tried to reach as many people as possible.


    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

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    Hello naweewra.

    Answered here.



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    Re: Order of Adjectives: "old" and adjectives denoting condition

    Dear Charlie,

    Could you explain what you meant by "an observation" and "a physical description"?

    Thank you.

    Nawee

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    Re: Order of Adjectives: "old" and adjectives denoting condition

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Could you explain what you meant by "an observation" and "a physical description"
    'An ugly short boy.'
    According to the royal order of adjectives, 'ugly' is an observation and 'short' is a physical description.

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