Home » Grammar » Adjectives

Adjectives

Adjectives are words that describe nouns. Adjectives generally come before nouns:

I live in a beautiful house.
He is an old man.

Order of adjectives

Consider the following sentence:

I live in the big old red brick house at the end of the street.

It is possible to use many adjectives in a row to describe a single noun. But in which order should you list the adjectives?

There are some rules for the order of the adjectives:
General opinionSpecific opinionSizeShapeAgeColorNationalityMaterialNoun

There’s the funny old man who lives in my building.
I have a small black leather bag.
She’s a friendly American tour guide.

A simple rule to remember is that the adjectives go from general to specific. This is not a perfect rule, but it works most of the time!