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Week 23 Adjective Order

Learning Intention

To revise the children’s understanding of adjectives.

To learn that when we use more than one adjective to describe something, the adjectives tend to be written in a certain order.


What is an adjective?

A word to describe nouns ( a lengthy stem) or a pronoun ( he is fortunate).

Some adjectives show possession. (I watered my sunflowers) or ( we put up our umbrellas).

Some adjectives describe by comparing things (He is shorter than his sister). 
A superlative adjective compares something to everything else in its group ( She is the fastest in her class).


Can you suggest some nouns related to our topic ‘Plants’ and think of an adjective to describe it?

Now expand the noun phrase by adding more adjectives.


Look at this phrase for example.


              The little old Chinese lady.

Why are the adjectives in this order?

Does it sound right if we change the order of the adjectives?


              The Chinese old little lady.


Main Activity


The adjectives can be grouped into  certain categories, describing things like colour, size or what it is made from. These different types of adjectives tend to be arranged in a certain order.

DeterminersOpinionSize and shapeCondition and ageColour and patternOriginMaterial
A, an, the, these, two



big, heavy, narrow, deepold, antique, dry, tatteredpurple, yellowish, striped







Add some of your own into the boxes.


This is only a general rule however, and sometimes the adjectives may go in a different order. Use it as a guide.


Now complete Grammar Sheet 23

play the ‘Order of Adjectives game’, cutting out the pace below and arranging the adjectives back into the correct columns.