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The Language Files - The best of Quora

Dicembre 2014
Le domande (e le risposte) dal social network Quora. Questo mese: What are some of the strangest rules of English grammar?
Adjective order
Adjective order

Do you know about Quora? It’s one of the best social networks in terms of questions and answers. Needless to say, there are numerous questions and answers about the English language. This is a particularly good example:

QUESTION

What are some of the strangest rules of English grammar?

ANSWER

The order of adjectives before a noun. It’s completely arbitrary, there is no logical reason behind it.  Here it is:
When two or more adjectives are used before a noun, they must be used in a specific order. This is something native English speakers do without thinking because they simply know what “sounds right.”  Example:
“The large red cotton bag belongs to her,” is fine.
“The cotton red large bag belongs to her,” is not.
To see a chart showing how multiple adjectives should be used, click here


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