The Ordering of Adjectives

When two or more adjectives come before a noun, their relative order is fixed to a certain degree. This means, for instance, that while complex mathematical studies is grammatically acceptable, mathematical complex studies is less so. Similarly: a huge red bomber ~*a red huge bomber a long narrow road ~*a narrow long road the lovely little black Japanese box ~*the Japanese black little lovely box Here we will discuss some of the most common sequences which occur, though these should not be seen as ordering rules. Counter examples can often…

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