Word Smart: Word Construction II

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An adjective is a word that describes something (a noun) or someone (a person). Adjectives sometimes appear after the verb To Be

  • He is short.
  • She is tall.
Adjectives sometimes appear before a noun.
  • Red car
  • Old hat
BUT… Sometimes we need to use more than one adjective to describe something (or someone). What happens if a hat is both old AND ugly? Do we say… an ugly old hat OR an old ugly hat? An ugly old hat is correct because a certain order for adjectives is expected (Note, you may hear the other version old ugly hat, though it doesn’t sound natural).

So what is the correct order of adjectives when we put them before a noun or the thing they describe?

Types of Adjectives

Before the adjectives you will normally have the Determiner. The determiner tells us if the noun is singular or plural, definite or indefinite, a, an, the, my, your, four, those, some etc.

And we have the adjectives that refer to: Opinion, size, shape, weight, length, condition, age, color, pattern, origin, material, purpose, qualifier, use.



  • Set: To establish, to order.
  • Wooden: Something made of wood, material obtained from trees.
  • Main: The principal, the most important.
  • Noun: Referred to something or someone in singular or plural form.


Keep members working on Word Order emphasizing on the use of adjectives according to the types of adjectives shown here. 


  • Has it been difficult for you to learn different adjectives? Why?

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Jaime Luna from Reforma Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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