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so grammarians if you're a native English speaker the phrase French old white house might seem a little weird to you if you're not a native English speaker it might not and this is something that I didn't really know about before I started preparing to teach this course is that there is a specific order that adjectives go in in English this is something that I think we just pick up as English speakers but if you didn't grow up speaking English it gets a little gets a little tricky sometimes so the question is in order to make this seem right what order do you put these adjectives in mis near about as I can reckon it making this into the old white French house because there is an order and it goes like this determiner opinion size age shape color origin material purpose or for sure dosa scomp dosa scomp okay that's actually kind of a thing so a dosa is a South Indian flatbread and scomp I'm gonna say is a word for eating it's not a word that's a made-up word but dosa scomp it's like sounds like scarf to me or Chomp and both of those are verbs that can denote eating as well as scarf being a garment so dosa scomp I just want you to imagine sitting down to a delicious South Indian meal and scomp and on some doses so dosa scomp determiner and that's words like the or and opinion this is you know when you're describing something there are certain there are certain descriptors that are not that not everyone would agree with you know so if you're looking at a piece of black metal everyone will be able to agree that it is black but if you think it's cool-looking or ugly looking you know anything that anyone could conceivably disagree about that's an opinion so cool for example that would be an opinion size so the cool big old square black an origin usually can be you know where it's from so let's say Texan and then okay so we have material so let's say leather because leather can be black and then purpose this is sort of where we would use what's called a participle or a jaronda to determine what the thing is for so we were talking about I don't know a lawnmower that you ride around on right that's that's called a riding mower right and the last thing here is the the thing itself so we're looking at okay so this thing is the cool big old square black text and leather riding mower but frankly in most normal English sentences you're probably never going to use more than three adjectives to describe a given thing like old white French house now sometimes you might find yourself using more than one adjective that fits into the same category you know so you might say the exciting unparalleled green dragon and you'll notice I put a comma there because when you use um two adjectives from the same category so two opinions the exciting and unparalleled you want to separate them with a comma but generally if you're if you're just scooting down the dosis Gump old white French house you don't need to separate these non coordinate adjectives from each other and we'll get more into commas in the punctuation section but for now all you need to remember is dosa scomp and if you've never had a dosa I strongly urge you to look up recipes online go to a South Indian restaurant and make and eat this delicious food and then you're just going to stomp on some doses so determine our opinion size age dosa shape color origin material purpose and then the thing that's the order that adjectives go in in English why is this I have no idea you know sometimes language can be really the word I tend to use is arbitrary you can call it random if you like this is just the the way that we've arrived at this order is just basically through random chance and convention and what what seems to sound right and what sounds right for English isn't always what sounds right for other languages for example the way we're using adjectives here we're always putting them to the left of whatever they modify the exciting paralleled green dragon you know that's all it's all to the left it's all old white French house it's all you know on this one side of it and other languages don't do that necessarily so when you're trying to just throw a bunch of adjectives together on the left side of a noun this is the order just remember dosa scomp and that's how adjectives order works in English you can learn anything Dave it out