Order of adjectives in English Grammar

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What is the general order of adjectives before a noun?

Sometimes we use more than one adjective (or noun used as an adjective) before a noun. If we don’t want to emphasise any one of the adjectives, the order is:

  opinion size age shape colour origin material type/purpose noun
a wonderful   old         historical building
a   big     red       bus
an     antique     Chinese     cup
a lovely       white     dancing dress
a   small   round     copper   coin
a     old   black       cat
a   huge   rectangular     ham   pizza
a     new   brown   wooden   pen
a     young   blond Swedish     lady

Note: Not everyone agrees on this order. Opinions differ on age and shape.

We do not normally use more than three adjectives before a noun.

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