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Some time back, I found a scrap of paper in my study. I don’t know who wrote it, but I thought it interesting enough to share:

Adjectives in the English language absolutely have to be in the following order: opinion-size-age-shape-color-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac. It’s an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out. And as size comes before color, green great dragons can’t exist.

Interesting -no ?

 

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