Primary School Grammar | Order of Adjectives

Hello everyone! I am back with another informative new blog post. It is already coming to the end of the term, and I hope that everyone has been coping well in school.

Did you notice that I had used two adjectives above to describe the blog post in the sentence above? That’s right, ‘informative’ and ‘new’. Why did I put ‘informative’ in front of the word ‘new’ and not the other way round? Well, that’s because adjectives follow an order and sequence when we use them.

In today’s blog post, I will be sharing with you how adjectives can be put into the right order with the given rules and examples.


What are adjectives?

Adjectives are words that describe nouns such as people, place, things or animals. There are many types of adjectives that we use and sometimes, more than one adjective can describe the given noun. It is important that we place the adjectives correctly in the right sequence when two or more are used in describing the noun.

Let us now take a look at how to order the adjectives based on their types.


Order of Adjectives?

Order of Adjectives. Grammar

When using more than one adjective, we will need to follow the order in which they are being placed in a sentence. Let’s take a look at the example sentence from above.

Order of Adjectives. Grammar

These two adjectives ‘informative’ and ‘new’  describe the blog post, which is the noun.  It followed the order of adjectives with opinion coming first and then age.

Let’s take a look at another sentence.

Order of Adjectives. Grammar

Now, let’s add some adjectives to this sentence following the order of adjectives.

Order of Adjectives. Grammar

These adjectives modify the noun dress and give us more information about the dress.


Joining adjectives using AND

When these conditions are present, we would connect the adjectives using the connector ‘and’.

Condition 1
Adjectives are placed after the noun when used with linking verbs (be). If more than one adjectives are used, we will connect them using and.

Condition | Grammar

Condition 2
When we use two or more adjectives of the same type, we also join them with and.

Condition | Grammar


Use of Comma

We should place a comma when there are two or more adjectives from the same adjective group. The comma will be placed between each of the coordinate adjectives.

Order of Adjectives. Grammar

Order of Adjectives. Grammar


*Things to note:

Even though adjectives are useful in helping us to describe nouns, try to keep to a maximum of THREE adjectives in a sentence. Using too many adjectives in a sentence makes the sentence long and may not be as impactful to aid in our writing.

For example:
Instead of just using adjectives to say, “It is a scary, grey, old, gigantic house.”

We should try and vary the type of words and phrases used, together with adjectives, to make the description of the house more vivid.

Order of Adjectives. Grammar

Thank you for reading and I hope you are more aware of how to order the adjectives the next time you use them in your sentences. See you next time!


 

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