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Adjectives are placed directly before nouns to describe certain qualities.

The fact that you allowed a bounced check to clear doesn't make you a bad person.

A purposely bounced check raises a red flag about a customer to financial institutions.

Adjectives are also often used with the verb 'to be' to describe the character of people or things. In this case, place the adjective at the end of the sentence.

The verification process is very reliable.

Private banking is reasonably secure.

Adjective Order

It is possible to use a string of adjectives to describe a person, place or thing. When using more than one adjective, use the following pattern to place the adjectives in order before the noun.

Opinion, dimension, age, shape, color, origin, material + noun

NOTE: Use no more than three adjectives to describe a noun.

1. Opinion


The finance department is announcing the deprecative terms of money in the company.

The expense receipt was unbelievably high.

2. Dimension


The dollar value of his personal property was smaller than one might have expected.

My personal property has a large value attached to it.

3. Age


This is our old preferred stock.

It is a modern kind of intangible asset.

4. Shape


He and the cosigner purchased the rectangular plot of land.

5. Color


The red numbers indicate unpaid debts in his account history.

The subsidiary is represented in this graph by the yellow lines.

6. Origin


The minimum payment on her German car is quite high.

China's voting share is too high for this product.

7. Material


We decreased paper waste by switching to a bill on demand policy.

A treasury bond offers secure investment.

Here are some examples of nouns modified with three adjectives in the correct order based on the list above.

The fortunate 21 year old American payee didn't even have a cosigner.

Most people trust an official certified check.

The quick, easy, digital turnaround is only two days.

The most interesting course assignment in accounting was to write a report on deferred revenue.