In this lesson you can learn about adjective order. The exercises for this topic are here. This lesson is part of a complete Upper-Intermediate (B2) English Course. If you are looking for information about -ed & -ing adjective endings, have a look at this lesson about adjectives ending in -ed & -ing.
We use adjectives to describe nouns: things, people, places or just about anything you want.
Adjectives go before nouns, but there is a conventional order to adjectives. This isn’t something that native speakers study. It’s just something that we intuitively know. If you use adjectives in a different order, people will probably understand you without any problem, but it may sound a little strange or unnatural.
The order that we use adjectives in is shown in the table below. Each adjective type has various examples. Below the table you can find some example sentences that use various adjectives in order to describe nouns.
|Adjective Type||Examples of the Adjective|
|Opinion or Quality||Wonderful, horrible, deluxe, budget, ugly, beautiful, well-made, cheap…|
|Size||big, small, huge, massive, tiny…|
|Age||Young, old, modern, antique, ancient…|
|Shape||Square, round, spherical, triangular…|
|Colour||Red, green, back and white, blue…|
|Pattern||Checked, flowery, striped, paisley|
|Origin||Italian, Welsh, Argentinian, Chinese….|
|Material||Leather, wooden, plastic, metal|
The following sentences use various adjectives to describe nouns. the adjectives are ordered according to the table above.
Check that you understand this topic with the interactive exercises below.