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Read the following sentence.
I took out a small black tin box.

The phrase in italics is a noun phrase.

It has the noun — box — as the head word, and three adjectives preceding it.

Notice the order in which the adjectives occur — size (small), colour (black) and material (tin) of which it is made.

We rarely use more than four adjectives before a noun and there is no rigid order in which they are used, though there is a preferred order of modifiers/adjectives in a noun phrase, as given below.

determiner modifier 1
(opinion feeling)
modifier 2
(size, shape, age)
modifier 3

modifier 4
head word
a/an/the nice/lazy/beautiful tall/round/old/young red/white/light/dark silk/cotton/woollen woman/


Reading activity.

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