When two or more adjectives are used to describe something they are generally used in a certain order.
When two or more adjectives are used to describe something they are generally used in a certain order. The list below show the usual sequence of adjectives. However, there are no exact rules and students will often hear native English speakers using adjectives in different ways. In many cases this can be due to regional differences or just to personal speech patterns.
Adjective types and normal order
1 Opinion. Examples; Beautiful - Pretty - Nice - Terrible - Wonderful - Clean - Dirty
2 Size : Examples; Large - Small - Long - Short - Wide - Narrow
3 Shape : Examples; Round - Square - Rectangular - Flat
4 Age : Examples; Old - New - Ancient - Modern
5 Colour : Examples; Black - White - Red - Blue
6 ..ing/..ed : Examples; Matching - Damaged - Renovated - Sparkling
7 Unusual : Examples; Four-bedroomed - Sleeveless - Three-legged
8 Origin : Examples; Chinese - German - Oriental - Persian
9 Material : Examples; Paper - Steel - metal - Wooden
10 Type : Examples; Natural - Artificial - Industrial - Chemical
11 Purpose : Examples; Sports (car) - Note (book) - Baseball (cap) - Operating (theatre)
She drives an old red six-cylinder Italian sports car.
We rented a nice little old two-bedroomed wooden ski chalet.
I work for a large American chemical company.