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When several adjectives modify the same noun, there is a particular order they must follow in English. Certain adjectives come before others. (Not all have to be used in the same sentence.)

See the chart below.

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Some of

All of

Both

Article Possessive Demonstrative

the, a, an

this, that

my, his

Number Sequence

three

second

next

Quality Size

wonderful

clean

large

Shape


round

square

flat

Color


red

yellow

black

Origin


Japanese

Italian

French

Material


metal

ceramic

wood


Examples:

Some of the hungry gentlemen

The last great civilization

Ten big round metal rings

The beautiful Japanese ceramic vase

Either of the small green apples

My three lovely daughters

An interesting wooden statue

The third red plastic container

See also:

Grammar: Adjectives

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