Order of Adjectives Challenge

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The order of adjectives in English is not random. There is a strict hierarchy that must be followed if your sentences are to make sense and sound correct. This challenge will give you the chance to test your knowledge of the positions of English adjectives before nouns. Can you get all 20 of these random questions right in the fastest time to put your name at the top of the leader board?

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When we use more than one adjective to describe a noun, the adjectives come in a particular order depending on what they describe. Adjectives describing attitudes and opinions, like fabulous, come first, and are then followed by more factual ones or ones which are more neutral, like red. I have a fabulous red motorcycle not I have a red fabulous motorcycle.

The usual order of adjectives is as follows:

1

opinion

beautiful, strange, interesting

2

size

small, large, tall

3

quality

smooth, fat, neat

4

shape

square, triangular, round

5

age

old, young, elderly

6

colour

red, blue, yellow

7

origin

Italian, Spanish, American

8

material

leather, glass, wood

9

type

all-weather, inshore, inflatable

10

purpose

smoothing, cutting, racing

 

Joining adjectives with and

After the linking verb be we list the adjectives as we do a list, setting off the last adjective with and

She used to be a beautiful, cheerful, young woman. Nowadays, she is ugly, tiresome, and old.

We can also join to adjectives with and if they both refer to the same part of the noun.

It was a blue and yellow boat.

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