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    order of adjectives, use of word 'natural'

    'The painting has a natural coloured wooden frame.'

    I am in doubt about the use of the adjective 'natural', here. Is it correct? Should it have been 'natural-coloured wooden frame', or 'coloured natural wooden frame'? Or is it better to replace it with the adverb 'naturalistically' and if so, why?

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    Say:
    • natural, coloured, wooden frame

    The general rule is that the moire essential the the described, the closer the adjective goes to the noun.

    :)

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    Re: order of adjectives, use of word 'natural'

    Quote Originally Posted by anfad
    'The painting has a natural coloured wooden frame.'

    I am in doubt about the use of the adjective 'natural', here. Is it correct? Should it have been 'natural-coloured wooden frame', or 'coloured natural wooden frame'? Or is it better to replace it with the adverb 'naturalistically' and if so, why?
    If "natural" is meant to be part of the color (as it seems to be), it should be hyphenated: a natural-colored wooden frame.

    It leaves me wondering, however, what color that is, since different woods come in different colors. :wink:

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    Mike you're right, except for "It leaves we wondering", that is.

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Mike you're right, except for "It leaves we wondering", that is.

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    Thanks, partner. :wink:

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