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"Lesson 65: Position of Adjectives contains instruction on how adjectives can be placed in a noun phrase or alone.
This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Mobile ESL course."
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Most adjectives can go either in a noun phrase (Lesson 45) or alone.
a The adjective goes before the noun or pronoun:
a difficult exam (NOT exam difficult)
an open window (NOT window open)
the red one
b If you want to write two or more adjectives together in a noun phrase, the usual order is:
[F]: FEELING [S]: SIZE [A]: AGE [C]: COLOUR [P]: PLACE [T]: TYPE [N]: NOUN
[F] nice [S] big [C] green [T] sports [N] car
[A] old [P] Toronto [N] houses
[S] large [C] black [T] cotton [N] shirt
[F] wonderful [A] new [P] Japanese [T] MP3 [N] player
NOTICE: If the noun is something, anyone or a similar word (Lesson 51: NOTICE), the adjective goes after the noun: I want something large. (NOT large something)
NOTICE: The adjectives afraid, alive, alone, asleep, awake, ill and well cannot go in a noun phrase.
a After the verbs be, become, feel, get, look, seem, smell, sound and taste. For example:
The house was red. Everybody became happy. It feels cold. He seemed friendly. (Friendly is an adjective, NOT an adverb.)
b After a noun phrase and the verbs call, find, get, hate, have, leave, like, make, paint and want. For example:
They painted the house red. He pushed a window open. It made them happy. I found him friendly.
NOTICE: Adjectives from nouns, and a few other adjectives (for example, main, only) cannot go alone.
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