Adjective word order
October 4, 2012
Adjectives – and the right place to put
Hello everybody, welcome back!
In today’s 10 minute lesson we are going to focus on using
adjectives. Adjectives are a great way to make your speech or
writing more interesting. We use adjectives to describe nouns,
the more adjectives we use, the better description we give to
our listener or reader.
Which is the best description of the car above?
A red car
A red sports car
A red american sports car
A fast red classic american sports car
It is very common to use more than one adjective to describe a
noun in an English sentence. When you use more than one
adjective it’s important you use the right word order.
¨When you observe an object or a person, you will form an
opinion about it. Others may or may not agree with this opinion.
e.g. This is a wonderful book (It is your opinion that the book is
wonderful). She is a beautiful women (It is his opinion that the
woman is beautiful).
Write down adjectives you can use to express your opinion.
2. Size (Dimension)
This one is pretty easy. You can state the actual measurements
of something or a general size description. The weight of
something is also included in this category. e.g. The mountain is
so huge. Kody Bryant is very tall. These boxes are heavy.
Write down more words to describe size.
¨An age adjective tells us how old something is. e.g. The children
are very young. Dubai is a modern city. Have you seen
my new phone?
How many different adjectives do you know to describe age?
¨This one tells us the shape of something or someone. e.g. Harry
potter wears roundglasses. A football field is rectangle shape. I
make star shaped cookies with my mother.
What shapes can you see in front of you?
This should be another easy one. Colour adjectives describe the
something.e.g Red and orange and pink and green, purple and or
ange and blue.
How many colours can you name?
¨Origin adjectives let us know where something is from e.g. The
best coffee is Colombian. I love Japanese food. Cuban cigars are
Where does the stuff in your house come from?
¨Material adjectives tell us what things are made from e.g. I have
a wooden table in the kitchen. My smartphone is made
from glass and plastic. In the winter I wear a woolenjersey.
Can you name the material used for a computer?
¨Purpose adjectives tell us specifically what an object is being
used for e.g. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes. When i go
to the supermarket you have to take my own shopping bag.
What are your favorite things used for?
What order would you put these words in? The noun is umbrella.
British, red, square-shaped, royal blue, big, stylish, new, nylon,
Did you write – A stylish big new square-shaped red and royal
blue British nylon rain umbrella?
Remember you can use all eight adjectives to describe a noun or
you could use just a few. The important thing to remember is to
always use them in the RIGHT ORDER!
Describe these photos with as many adjectives as possible.