Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Order of Adjectives

I've got a sentence for you. Or maybe two.

Did you see my wool brown coat? Did you take my rubber old boots?

Do those lines sound weird to you? They do to me. It should definitely be: 

Did you see my brown wool coat? Did you take my old rubber boots?

Those adjectives have a specific order, and all along
I've been following that order, but wasn't aware I was doing so.

Check it out. 

Have you seen a chart like this? Because I hadn't... until recently.
But now I know why those first two sentences sound wrong.

And maybe you understand why too.

(Or had you already known about this adjective word order thing?)

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