In English, it is common to use more than one adjective before a noun -- for example, "He's a silly young fool," or "she's a smart, energetic woman." When you use more than one adjective, you have to put them in the right order, according to type. This page will explain the different types of adjectives and the correct order for them.
The basic types of adjectives
Some examples of adjective order
Position of Adjectives in a sentence
|front-position||In 20 years the number of youths arrested for murder has doubled.|
|end-position||The number of youths arrested for murder has doubled in 20 years.|
|mid-position||Older People are extremely worried about the high crime rate.|
|1||The order of more than one adjective in a sentences is:
manner (Art und Weise) - place - time
|The PM spoke well in the House of Commons this morning.|
|2||Adverbial phrases of place follow immediately verbs of movement.||He drove to the station in a taxi.|
|3||If there is more than one time reference we usually progress from the particular to the general.||He was born at six o'clock / on Christmas day / in 1867.|
|4||Adverbs of indefinite time (already, just, now, soon, still, then, ...) generally precede the full verb.||I have already spoken to him.|
|5||Adverbs of indefinite frequency (always, frequently, generally, hardly, ever, never, occasionally, often, rarely, seldom, sometimes, usually, ...) generally precede the full verb.||When she was still at school Sandra often worked on Saturdays.|
|6||To put special emphasis on certain facts adverbs of indefinite time or indefinite frequency can also be put at the beginning of a sentence.||
||Sandra usually worked on Saturdays.
Sometimes Sandra worked on Fridays, too.