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Rules for use of adjectives in English!

April 17, 2017

When using descriptive writing in your copy, whether it be factual, fiction, sales or web copy, it's important to use effective adjectives for every noun where possible. I always advise my students to use at least 2 (maximum 3) adjectives for each noun. Not only does it make the text more interesting and pleasing to the reader, but it helps to effectively paint the picture that you are trying to put across.

 

But did you know there are certain rules for the order of adjectives in a sentence? If we use descriptive words in the wrong order, it sounds wrong - but why? This is how they should be correctly used: opinion, size, shape, colour, origin, material, purpose, noun. And size must always come before colour - so a green, tiny frog or a yellow, huge dog both sound odd - and now you know why!

 

 

 

 

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