Adjectives usually appear before the noun or pronoun that they are modifying. When this is the case there is an order in which the different categories of adjective are placed in the sentence. This word order is as follows:
Below are some examples of this word order.
If an adjective is modifying an indefinite pronoun such as somebody, someone, anything etc. the adjective follows the pronoun:
“He didn’t meet anyone interesting at the conference.”
Exercise: Put the adjectives in the correct order in the following sentences
- Anna bought a [ golden – small ] picture frame from the antique stall in the market.
- Mark saw a [ Italian – famous ] footballer when he visited Rome.
- Have you seen my [ brown -walking ] boots? I can’t find them anywhere.
- I have ordered a [ large – Persian – red ] rug which will arrive next week.
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