76. Adverb + adjective; noun + noun; etc. PDF Print E-mail
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76. Adverb + adjective; noun + noun; etc.

We can use an adverb (e.g. very) before
an adjective (e.g. cold) to make the adjective stronger.
Some common adverbs we use in this way are:

very    extremely    really

We were very tired after the trip.
I felt extremely nervous before the exam.
I’m really angry with you. (= very angry)

We can also make an adjective weaker with there adverbs:

Fairly    quite    rather

Our car is fairly old.
(= It’s old, but it isn’t very old.)
The meal was quite nice.
(= It was nice but not wonderful.)
It was rather late when we finally arrived.
(= It was late but not very late)

When we use two adjectives together,
we order them like this:
>> We use ‘opinion’ adjective
(e.g. wonderful, nice, pleasant, strange)
before any other adjective (e.g. new):

    OPINION
a    wonderful    new product
a    lovely        warm day
a    beautiful    little cottage
a    horrible    green shirt

>> We use ‘size’ adjectives (e.g. big, tall)
before an adjective that gives other
information, for example its age
(new, old), its colour, its shape (thin, round)

    SIZE
a    big    new building
a    small    red mark
a    huge    black cloud
a    large    round stone

We can use two nouns together.
The first noun is like an adjective
and gives information about the second noun:

    NOUN       +    NOUN
a    cardboard    box
a    cassette    recorder
a    cheque    book
an    alarm        clock
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