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In this episode: The Order of Adjectives Before a Noun
This week’s feedback: Alfredo (audio feedback)
Alfredo asks how he can improve his accent. People say that when he speaks English he has a strong Italian accent. How can he improve this?
Don’t worry about your Italian accent, Alfredo. The most important thing is that people understand you when you speak.
It tickles my fancy = it appeals to me, I like it
The Order of Adjectives Before a Noun
Sometimes we use more than one adjective in front of a noun:
He’s a fat old man. (not Xold fatX)
She’s an attractive, French businesswoman.
Martin’s got an old, yellow bike.
colour blind – daltónico
We usually have one or two adjectives before a noun. Three is unusual:
This is a boring, expensive, thick English text book.
Adjectives usually (but not always) come in this order:
6. Origin (nationality)
Other Qualities could include, for example, thin (Thickness), light (Weight), warm (Clothes), etc.
A warm leather jacket.
A beautiful warm day.
bulky – voluminoso/a
A heavy, bulky Swiss suitcase
Numbers come first:
One lovely German woman.
six large eggs.
half a dozen free-range eggs.
My second big chance
Use commas when there’s more than one adjective: A wonderful, long, relaxing holiday. (but sometimes commas are not used with short, common adjectives: lovely blue eyes, a tall dark stranger.)
Occasionally, adjectives come AFTER nouns. for example in fixed expressions like ‘president elect’, ‘secretary general’, ‘God Almighty!’
All things/Everything/Anything/Anywhere etc
All things culinary excite me; Anything Greek interests Mike.
Some adjectives CAN’T come before a noun. They come after the verb. (Predicative)
The boy is asleep/afraid/awake/alone/alike/alright. (NOT “the asleep/alone/etc. boy”)
Most begin with letter “a______”
house (modern, attractive)
dog (black, huge)
day (lovely, sunny)
nose (red, large)
face (round, friendly)
phone (expensive, Japanese)
car (new, sports, red)
boots (leather, black, sexy)
table (modern, glass, ugly)
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Describe the following (using no more than 2 adjectives):
the clothes you’re wearing
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the room we’re in
our favourite possession
your last holiday
your first girlfriend/boyfriend
your wife/husband/current partner (if different to above!!)
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