Rules for word order

I ran across this Professor Grammar video on YouTube that explains the English grammar rule on word order for adjectives before nouns. The professor uses the acronym OPSHACOM for opinion, shape, age, color, origin and material. I have linked to the video below if you want to watch. Warning: It’s corny and slightly annoying, but the lesson is good. The video lasts about six minutes.

Here is another site that explains adjective order and it has a practice quiz. And this About.com page on English as a second language uses a slightly different explanation for adjective word order.

 

 

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