more on adjectives
|From:||Brad Coon <bcoon@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 5, 2001, 4:45|
A problem that I find crossing my mind from time to time, deals
with the ordering of adjectives. Consider that of the following
statements are true about my dog.
He is black.
He is white.
He is old.
He is a hunting dog.
He is stupid.
Combining all of these allows only one unmarked order for me,
He is a stupid, old, black and white hunting dog.
So a couple of questions, do other native speakers of English also
find this THE acceptable order or do other orders feel equally valid?
Secondly, have any of you given any thought to ordering adjectives in
I have decided Nova has a tendency to go from most inherent to least
which I realize doesn't say a lot. Which is more inherent, old or
stupid for example.