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The Royal Order of Adjectives

Lush the Content Agency via Filament: “…Writers typically don’t use more than two or three adjectives at a time, and we don’t seem to struggle much in getting their order correct. But occasionally there can be some confusion. This is where the royal order comes in. But, what’s an adjective? Let’s back up and start with the basics. An adjective is a word that describes (editors say modifies) a noun. There are two kinds of adjectives: attributive and predicative. An adjective is attributive when it stands in front of a noun and describes it – for example, the white dog ran across the road. An adjective is predicative when a verb separates it from the noun or pronoun it describes – for example, the teacher was furious.

  • The royal order – Adjectives fall into categories. The royal order of adjectives dictates that those categories absolutely have to be in this order: Determiner, Observation or opinion (original, appealing, cheap), Size (small, thin, large), Age (young, old, new) Shape (rectangular, square, round), Color (red, yellow, green), Origin (Australian, American, Norwegian), Material (describing what something is made of: silk, copper, wooden), Qualifier (final adjective, often an integral part of the noun: vacation resort, wedding dress, race car)…”

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