Order of Adjectives in English | Rules & Examples

Adjective order in English follows certain rules. When there is more than one adjective preceding a noun or pronoun, the adjectives follow a specific pattern according to their category.

Adjectives are divided into a variety of categories depending on what aspects of the noun they describe. Using the correct adjective order is an important part of composing sentences that flow well and read naturally.

Adjective order examples
He called the office and spoke to the new Canadian receptionist.

Brianna wore a large heart-shaped diamond ring to the dinner.

That is my favorite red velvet dress.

The thieves broke the glass using a short steel pipe.

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Demonstrative Adjectives | Examples, Definition & List

English has four primary demonstrative adjectives: “this,” “that,” “these,” and “those.” Demonstrative adjectives give information about the location of a noun or pronoun.

The choice of demonstrative adjective depends on the number (singular or plural) and the relative distance (near or far) of the noun being modified.

Demonstrative adjective uses
Near (proximal) Far (distal)
Singular This shirt is too small. That shirt looks like it would fit me.
Plural These plants are thriving. Those plants, in the shade, are dying.

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Possessive Adjectives | Examples & Definition

A possessive adjective (also called a possessive determiner) is a word that is used to modify a noun to indicate ownership. In English, there are eight possessive adjectives: “my,” “your,” “her,” “his,” “its,” “our,” “their,” and “whose.”

Possessive adjective examples
Your earrings are so beautiful.

I told Madeline and Pilar to bring their kayak.

This plant is about to die. Its leaves are drooping.

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