Adjective Week! Day 3
What is the difference between English German students and German English students?
Well, if you look at the list below, you will see that Origin comes before Qualifier. That means that:
the first adjective refers to where the students come from
the second adjective refers to the type of students they are.
English German students - Students who come from England and study the German language
German English students - Students who come from Germany and study the English language
The order of adjectives is a bit tricky. Native speakers do it instinctively but if you are not sure, this list should help.
Determiner - articles (a, an, the), possessives (my, your, his, her, its, our, their), numbers (two, a few, some), demonstratives (this, that, those, these)
Opinion - beautiful, hot, old
Size - big, enormous
Shape - round, square
Age - old, young
Color - red, blue
Origin - German, Japanese
Material - wooden, metal, leather
Qualifier - (Tells you the type of noun) evening dress, English student, 2-storey flat
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