Grammar Reference

Adjective order

When using two or more adjectives together, the order is important.

Adjectives are put in the following order

opinion, size, quality, age, shape, colour, participle forms, origin, material type and purpose

  • It's a beautiful old Indian carpet.

Joining Adjectives

We can join 2 adjectives from the same group together using and:

  • It's a beautiful old red and green Indian carpet.

We can join two contradictory adjectives together using 'but'

  • It's an old but expensive Indian carpet.

Similar meaning

If two adjectives have a similar meaning, the shorter one goes first:

  • It's a soft, comfortable chair.

Listen to this 6 Minute Vocabulary programme for more about the order of adjectives.