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ORDER OF ADJECTIVES

OPINION SIZE - SHAPE - AGE - COLOUR - ORIGIN - MATERIAL - NOUN

COMMAS:
Between Coordinate Adjectives Coordinate adjectives are those that carry equal weightlike co-workers in an organization. It doesn't matter which comes first because they both have equal emphasis. It does not matter which order coordinate adjectives appear in. EXAMPLE: Willy had a long, bushy beard. Willy had a bushy, long beard. It does not matter which comes first: long or bushy. These are coordinate adjectives. Notice the comma between the adjectives. NOT Between Cumulative Adjectives Cumulative adjectives build their meaning in one particular order. You can not switch them around and still make sense. EXAMPLE: Willy wore his black basketball shoes. Willy wore his basketball black shoes. (This sounds silly, doesn't it?) The order of black and basketball does matter; black must appear first in the sentence. These are cumulative adjectives: they build their meaning in one order only. Notice there is no comma between them.

Arrange the adjectives in the right order:


1.- There was _____________________________________________________________ outside the house. (a dog, black, terrifying, huge) 2.- I gave her _____________________________________________________________ for her birthday. (some handkerchiefs, beautiful, white, cotton) 3.- There was ___________________________________________________________ hanging on the wall. (a picture, old, wonderful, Impressionist) 4.- Have you seen __________________________________________________________ lying on the floor? (a pair of gloves, brown, leather) 5.- She was wearing __________________________________________________________________ . (a sweater, winter, woolen) 6.- There is _________________________________________________________________ in this town. (a church, Gothic, very old) 7.- My mother bought _________________________________________________________ for the picnic. (several plates, plastic, blue, small) 8.- ____________________________________________ didnt feel comfortable living with the British family. (the girl, French, fifteen-year-old) 9.- There were _________________________________________________________________ on the shelf. (a lot of ornaments, china, little, useless) 10.- Why dont you wear _______________________________________________________ . Its rather cold. (your coat, thick, fur)

Choose the right option: 1. a a cotton dirty old tie b. a dirty cotton old tie c. an old cotton dirty tie d. a dirty old cotton tie 2. a. b. c. d. a. b. c. d. a. b. c. d. a a a a a a a a small Japanese serving Japanese small serving small serving Japanese serving small Japanese red big plastic big red plastic plastic big red big plastic red hat hat hat hat bowl bowl bowl bowl

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a. b. c. d. a. b. c. d. a. b. c. d. a. b. c. d.

an old wooden square table a square wooden old table an old square wooden table a wooden old square table a a a a a a a a a a a a beautiful blue sailing blue beautiful sailing sailing beautiful blue blue sailing beautiful carving steel new new steel carving steel new carving new carving steel boat boat boat boat

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3.

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knife knife knife knife lady lady lady lady

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an new French exciting band a French new exciting band an exciting French new band an exciting new French band

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small Canadian thin Canadian small thin small thin Canadian thin small Canadian

Order the words in the boxes. 1 ___________________________________ . my teache old horrible maths dirty r 8 ___________________________________ . new a perfect system

2 ___________________________________ . blac small box ebony a old k

9 ___________________________________ . 18th century a Scottish fantastic castle

3 ___________________________________ . man a short friendly young

10 ___________________________________ . a businessman horrible greedy

11 ___________________________________ . 4 ___________________________________ . old our headmaster boring 12 ___________________________________ . citizen self-righteous a middle-class a big old brown bear

5 ___________________________________ . wooden dark a table long

13 6 ___________________________________ . city a Italian beautiful old 14

___________________________________ . spoilt boy nasty a little

___________________________________ . American gorgeous blond-haired a girl

___________________________________ . arts nice teache new our French r

EXERCISE 1 1. There Was a terrifying huge black dog 2. I gave her some beautiful white cotton handkerchiefs 3. There was a wonderful old Impressionist picture 4. Have you seen a pair of brown leather gloves 5. She was wearing a winter woollen sweater 6. There is a very old Gothic church 7. My mother bought several small blue plastic plates 8. The fifteen-year-old French girl 9. There were a lot of useless little china ornaments 10. Why dont you wear your thick fur coat EXERCISE 2 1. d 2. a 3. b 4. d 5. c 6. a 7. b 8. c EXERCISE 3 1. My horrible dirty old maths teacher 2. a small old black ebony box 3. a friendly short young man 4. our boring old headmaster 5. a long dark wooden table 6. a beautiful old Italian city 7. our nice new French arts teacher 8. a perfect new system

9. a fantastic 18th century Scottish castle 10. A horrible greedy businessman 11. a big old brown bear 12. a self-righteous middle-class citizen 13. a nasty spoilt little boy 14. a gorgeous blond-haired American girl