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    #1

    He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    1. He has curly, brown hair. (correct)
    2. He has brown, curly hair.

    3. I have long, brown hair. (correct)
    4. I have brown, long hair.

    Hi,
    I know that 1 and 3 are correct. But What about 2 and 4?

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    #2

    Re: He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    I would say that they're not wrong, but do you have a reason to swap the order?

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    #3

    Re: He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    4 is unnatural. We put size before color in strings of adjectives.
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    Re: He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/adjectives.htm

    The above link says:

    size + shape + age + color



    http://www.ef.com/english-resources/...le-adjectives/
    http://www.gingersoftware.com/conten...of-adjectives/

    And the above two links say:

    size
    + age + shape + color


    Now, which one is standard and correct?

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    #6

    Re: He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    I would put size before colour ordinarily, but that doesn't mean that they can never be reversed. Meaning trumps these rules.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Nov-2016 at 13:34. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Re: He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would put size before colour ordinarily
    But none of the English learning websites have ordered the adjectives like this.

    Have they?

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    Re: He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    But none of the English learning websites have ordered the adjectives like this.

    Have they?
    They should all put size before color, but other categories come in between.

    The order of adjectives is hard for native speakers to explain. It's a very deep part of the language which we know intuitively. You'll never see it discussed in style guides or grammar books aimed at native speakers because we simply know what feels right.
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    Re: He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    They should all put size before color
    But no website says this. Do you have a source for this?.

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    #10

    Re: He has brown, curly hair. / I have brown, long hair.

    Would you consider post #4 a source?
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