English Essentials

Things native English speakers know, but don’t know we know:

Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in the following order:

  1. Opinion;
  2. Size;
  3. Age;
  4. Shape;
  5. Colour;
  6. Origin;
  7. Material;
  8. Purpose Noun.

So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver carving knife.

But if you mess with the above word order you’ll sound like a maniac.

It’s an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out.

And as size comes before colour, green great dragons can’t exist!!!!!

6 de setembro de 2016

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