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English Advanced Grammar

 

Adjective Placement - How to Use Adjectives

When using more than one adjective to describe a noun place the adjectives in the following order before the noun.

NOTE: We usually use no more than three adjectives preceding a noun.


Opinion
Example: an interesting book, a boring lecture


Dimension
Example: a big apple, a thin wallet


Age
Example: a new car, a modern building, an ancient ruin


Shape
Example: a square box, an oval mask, a round ball


Color
Example: a pink hat, a blue book, a black coat


Origin
Example: some Italian shoes, a Canadian town, an American car


Material
Example: a wooden box, a woolen sweater, a plastic toy

Here are some examples of nouns modified with three adjectives in the correct order based on the list above. Notice that the adjectives are not separated by commas.


A wonderful old Italian clock. (opinion - age - origin)
A big square blue box. (dimension - shape - color)
A disgusting pink plastic ornament. (opinion - color - material)
Some slim new French trousers. (dimension - age - origin)

 

Adjective + Preposition Combinations - # 1 - about / at / by / for / from


ABOUT

Use the following adjectives followed by 'about'. Each group of adjectives have the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.


angry / annoyed / furious about something
Example: I'm really angry about our losses on the stock market!


excited about something
Example: He's excited about his birthday party next week.


worried / upset about something
Example: He's worried about his upcoming examinations.


sorry about something
Example: I'm very sorry about Losing your book.


AT

Use the following adjectives followed by 'at'. Each group of adjectives have the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.


good / excellent / brillant at something OR at doing something
Example: They are excellent at planning fun parties.


bad / hopeless at something OR at doing something
Example: Unfortunately, I'm hopeless at being on time.


AT / BY

Use the following adjectives followed by 'at' or 'by'. Each group of adjectives have the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.


amazed / astonished / shocked / surprised at OR by something
Example: I was amazed at his stamina.


FOR

Use the following adjectives followed by 'for'. Each group of adjectives have the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.


angry with someone for something
Example: I'm really angry with John for his total lack of responsibility.


famous for something
Example: She's famous for her watercolor paintings.


responsible for something
Example: You'll have to speak to John, he's responsible for customer complaints.


sorry for doing something
Example: He says he's sorry for shouting at you.


(to feel or be) sorry for someone
Example: I really feel sorry for Pam.


FROM

Use the following adjectives followed by 'from'.


different from somone / something
Example: His photographs are very different from his paintings.

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