Unwritten Rules of the English Language

Did you know that there are a rules to the English language that everyone follows, but doesn't know that they know? There's an order to adjectives that appear before a noun, so little old lady sounds right, but old little lady sounds terrible.

Let's see if you know these rules (without knowing you know them) - drag and drop the words into the order that you think sounds best. Good luck!

 
Little Old Lady
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Question 1 of 8

There was a...

red big

...firetruck

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Question 2 of 8

He was holding a...

large metal

...box

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Question 3 of 8

He was a...

young tall

...man

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Question 4 of 8

He wore a pair of...

brown leather old

...boots

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Question 5 of 8

She drove a...

red little sporty

...car

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Question 6 of 8

He wore a...

nice denim new

...jacket

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Question 7 of 8

They sat at a...

wooden beautiful large round

...table

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Question 8 of 8

She bought a...

white stylish little leather

...handbag

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Here's how it works

The rule of grammar states that the order of adjectives should be:

opinion - size - age - shape - colour - origin - material - purpose Noun.

And that's why phrases like dusty old leather jacket sound better than leather old dusty jacket.