Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectives, Business writing, cellular routers, CIO, grammar, order of adjectives, Quiz
Which is correct?
Although cellular wireless routers have been available for years, they are ___________________ devices.
a. ugly, big metal devices
b. big, ugly metal devices
Explanation: There are rules for ordering adjectives. Most people absorb these rules, even without learning them explicitly. I suspect that some people might think both of the choices here were okay but that very few would think that “metal, ugly, big device” sounded right.
Here, ugly is an opinion adjective (who knows, a wireless cellular router could be quite lovely to some beholders); big belongs to the size category; and metal to the material category. And the order is, when we have these three categories, material goes closest to the noun, size next and opinion last. Read more here.
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