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Green great dragons can’t exist 

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/30

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adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-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 colour, green great dragons can’t exist.

Then I found some more references:

The indicated this went viral earlier this month and all pointed the actual source: Icon Books » The Elements of Eloquence subtitled “How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase” by Mark Forsyth.

My mother language Dutch probably has a similar rule that I never knew but just unconsciously use.

–jeroen

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