Order of Adjectives Exercises (With Printable PDF)

Photo of author

Candace Osmond

Candace Osmond studied Advanced Writing & Editing Essentials at MHC. She’s been an International and USA TODAY Bestselling Author for over a decade. And she’s worked as an Editor for several mid-sized publications. Candace has a keen eye for content editing and a high degree of expertise in Fiction.

Do you say handsome, young, three men, or three handsome young men? Adjectives are more challenging than we think because we have to consider their order in sentences. This guide will show you the correct order of adjectives in the English language.

I provided a three-part test to help you practice your understanding of adjective order. Then, check your answer using the answer key.

Order of Adjectives

Grammarist Article Graphic V4 62

Sometimes we can use more than one suitable adjective to describe nouns, but it’s important to know what order to list them in. Follow this order when forming phrases or sentences with multiple adjectives and a noun or any noun equivalent.

1. Determiner (e.g., the, some, a, an, these, etc.)

2. Quantity (e.g., One, seven, few, etc.)

3. Opinion (e.g., delicious, intelligent, misunderstood, important, etc.)

  • General opinion, which is held by many (e.g., popular)
  • Specific opinion, which is personal (e.g., person)

4. Size (e.g., medium, small, huge, enormous, tall, etc.)

5. Age (e.g., new, old, second-newest, etc.)

6. Shape (e.g., round, geometric, square, etc.)

7. Color (e.g., red, yellowish, gray, etc.)

8. Origin/Material (e.g., American, wooden, leather, etc.)

9. Qualifier (e.g., hound dog, leather jacket, pickup truck, etc.)

Here are some examples.

  • Three trendy, stylish, nylon bags
  • Tall, black gorilla
  • Amazing, little, decades-old cup
  • A savory, old, Italian recipe
Order of Adjectives Exercise #1

Order of Adjectives Exercise #1

Choose the correct answer.

Which adjective type comes first?
Which adjective type comes last?
Which adjective should come first when describing hats?
Which adjective type comes after age?
Which adjective should come last when describing a movie?
Start Over

Order of Adjectives Exercise #2

Order of Adjectives Exercise #2

Choose the correct order of adjectives.

Which is correct in order of adjectives?
Which is correct in order of adjectives?
Which is correct in order of adjectives?
Which is correct in order of adjectives?
Which is correct in order of adjectives?
A red checkered shirt
Which is correct in order of adjectives?
Which is correct in order of adjectives?
Start Over

Order of Adjectives Exercise #3

Order of Adjectives Exercise #3

Put the adjectives in the correct order to complete the sentences.
Example: I bought a ________ (cotton, sun, short, green) dress for the wedding.
Answer: short green cotton sun

Start Over

Final Thoughts

My handy guide has shown you the correct sequence of adjectives when writing sentences. Learning this topic will help you become more descriptive in your writing. For instance, instead of only saying big truck, you can say big white pickup truck.

Don’t forget to answer the worksheets. Then, after taking each quiz, check your answers with the answer key.

Help Us Improve!

Help Us Improve!

- Did we make a mistake?
- Do you have feedback or suggestions on how we can improve?

press Enter

Use Shift+Tab to go back