July 19, 2004

Adjective Order

English language break! Do you think about the order of adjectives in your sentences? I don’t. I just know that we say “beige ceramic plate” rather than “ceramic beige plate” and “big blue marble” rather than “blue big marble.”

I, like most folks, picked it up by listening. But of course someone had codified it. You friends of mine in the professional writing industry are probably aware of that, but it was a bit of an odd surprise for me to stumble upon a chart of adjective order.

It makes sense to have such an order, but when you’re doing something unconsciously already it is strange to have someone tell you “this is what you’ve been doing.” Almost like realizing you’ve been sleepwalking.

Posted by James at July 19, 2004 11:12 AM
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