How to Order Cumulative Adjectives

  1. Article (or other Noun Marker) – a, an, the, her, this, my Joe’s, two, many, some
  2. Evaluative Word – repulsive, lazy, gross, beautiful, magical
  3. Size – miniscule, small, large, gargantuan
  4. Length/Shape – short, oval, long, diamond
  5. Age – new, young, old, ancient
  6. Color – orange, cerulean, red
  7. Nationality – German, Chilean, Korean
  8. Material – pewter, wood, silk, granite
  9. Noun/Adjective – safe (as in safe room), mobile (as in mobile home)


  • My collection includes ten large new figurines.


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