By Grade 5 you may want to use more than one adjective to describe a noun.
So in week 4 English Teacher Online helps you understand the order of adjectives.
We’ve also included some practice for you to think about too.
If you have any questions, please contact your wise old English teacher or leave a comment.
The Order of Adjectives
Nationality, origin (Asian)
Examples using 2 adjectives to describe a noun
Two mean dogs. (number, opinion)
Lovely small kitten. (opinion, size)
Big old barn. (size, age)
New round marbles. (age, shape)
Square green stamps. (shape, colour)
Black pirate flag. (colour, origin)
Chinese wooden toy. (nationality, material)
Plastic shopping bag. (material, purpose)
How Many Adjectives Should I Use?
Sometimes (but NOT often) you may use all the adjectives to describe a noun.
The beautiful tall thick old green Brazilian rain forest.
However, it is much more usual to use just 2 to 5 adjectives to describe a noun.
Examples using many adjectives to describe a noun.
Two mean big old black dogs. (number, opinion, size, age, colour)
Small new square plate. (size, age, shape)
Antique brown wooden chest. (age, colour, material)
Practice for YOU
Choose the best answer from the options below.
1) The ________ _________ bird.
a) blue small
b) small blue
2) _________ __________ _______ trees.
a) tall old two
b) two old tall
c) two tall old
3) Five ________ _________ _________ coins.
a) silver old small
b) small silver old
c) small old silver
When you have finished you may check your answers below.
Answers: 1=b, 2=c, 3=c
Do It Yourself
How would you describe your favourite toy?
What other cool adjective combinations can you think of?
What did Daeng and Lek find in their net? (Macmillan page 14)
Please share your answers in the comment section.