Adjectives are vital within English and will have a significant effect on your fluency acquisition.

 

 As many adjectives can be used within one phrase or sentence, it is important to understand their expected order.

determiner

observation

Physical description

origin

materal

qualifier

noun

Size

shape

Age

colour

Examples

  1. A big old English horse (determiner –size- age-origin- noun)
  2. An expensive antique silver mirror (determiner – observation – age – material – noun)
  3. Her short black hair ( determiner – shape- color – noun)

It is not advisable to put more than two or three adjectives together. Using four or more makes the sentence or phrase confusing.

When adjectives belong to the same class, they become what we call coordinated adjectives, and you will have to put a comma between them: the inexpensive, comfortable shoes.

The rule for inserting the comma works this way: if you could have inserted a conjunction — and or but — between the two adjectives, use a comma.

a popular, respected, and good looking student

We could say - "inexpensive but comfortable shorts," so we would use a comma between them (inexpensive, comfortable shorts). When you have three coordinated adjectives, separate them all with commas, but don't insert a comma between the last adjective and the noun.