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Published on May 6, 2013

Author: desi13


Find one word to describe eachshirt:check plain spotted striped

Find two words to describe eachperson:medium-height overweight short slimtall well-built

Find two words to describe each person’shair:blonde brown curly gingerstraight wavy

Adjective OrderLook at Wayne. We can say hehas short brown hair andhe’s wearing a new, striped,football shirt. We don’t sayhe has brown short hair andhe’s wearing a football,striped, new shirt.Why?

brown, short, new, football, and striped areadjectives here.They tell us something about his hair and hisshirt. But when we have more than one adjectivebefore a noun, they usually come in a fixedorder. If we take one adjective of each type, theywould normally follow the following order.

OpinionAn opinion adjective explains what you think about something (otherpeople may not agree with you).For example: silly, beautiful, horrible, difficultSizeA size adjective, of course, tells you how big or small something is.For example: large, tiny, enormous, littleAgeAn age adjective tells you how young or old something or someone is.For example: ancient, new, young, oldShapeA shape adjective describes the shape of something.For example: square, round, flat, rectangularColourA colour adjective, of course, describes the colour of something.For example: blue, pink, reddish, greyOriginAn origin adjective describes where something comes from.For example: French, American, eastern, GreekMaterialA material adjective describes what something is made from.For example: wooden, metal, cotton, paperPatternA pattern adjective describes decoration or ornament having such a design.For example: stripe, plain, dotted, spottedPurposeA purpose adjective describes what something is used for. These adjectivesoften end with “-ing”.For example: sleeping (as in “sleeping bag”), roasting (as in “roasting tin”)

• Here are some examples of nounsmodified with three adjectives in thecorrect order based on the list above.Notice that the adjectives are notseparated by commas.• A wonderful old Italian clock. (opinion -age - origin)• A big square blue box. (size - shape -colour)• A disgusting pink plastic ornament.(opinion - colour - material)• Some slim new French trousers. (size -age - origin)

Now look at the adjectives below.Three of them go with each picture on thefollowing brown check coffeegreen kitchen modern newoffice red smallsports striped tallwork

1. A _ _ _ car. 4. A _ _ _ building.2. A _ _ _ cup. 5. A _ _ _ cloth.3. A _ _ _ shirt.

Order of adjectives.• The words in each phrase below have been mixed up.Rewrite them in the correct order.1. small pot a flower brown2. and towel white a bath check red3. book blue grammar a thin4. white bag large a carrier5. big engine a fire red6. table old dining long a/an7. tie a and school blue striped white8. train a passenger grey modern9. motorcycle helmet and striped black a red10. enormous stadium football white a/an

1. He wears a ________ shirt.a. dirty old flannelb. flannel old dirtyc. old dirty flannel2. Pass me the ________ cups.a. plastic big blueb. big blue plasticc. big plastic blue3. All the girls fall in love with the ________ teacher.a. handsome new Americanb. American new handsomec. new handsome American4. I drive ________ car.a. a blue old Germanb. an old German bluec. an old blue German5. He recently married a ________ woman.a. young beautiful Greekb. beautiful young Greekc. beautiful Greek young

6. This is a ________ movie.a. new Italian wonderfulb. wonderful Italian newc. wonderful new Italian7. She is a ________ supermodel.a. beautiful slim Brazilianb. Brazilian beautiful slimc. slim Brazilian beautiful8. Its in the ________ container.a. large blue metalb. blue large metalc. blue metal large9. He sits behind a ________ desk.a. big wooden brownb. big brown woodenc. wooden big brown10. She gives him a ________ vase.a. small Egyptian blackb. black Egyptian smallc. small black Egyptian


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Activity• Identify 5 of your favourite actors,actresses, singers, athletes, etc.based on his/her appearances• Present it in front of the class• Example,De Gea is my favourite athlete.He is a handsome tall youngSpanish goalkeeper.

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