via truckzebra on reddit
I thought this was an interesting tidbit recently shared on reddit. It purports that native English speakers subconsciously order adjectives without even realizing they’re doing it.
However for those learning English as a second language this order is often taught and explained. For those that can’t read the ‘picture of text’ above, I’ve typed it below:
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.
[via truckzebra on reddit]
Figures of the week: International trade in services
Thursday June 06, 2019
On May 28, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released a report detailing the growth in international trade in services in 2018. The report states that global services exports increased by 7.7 percent between 2017 and 2018, reaching a total of $5.8 …
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Elephants Salute People Who Rescued Their Baby Elephant From a Ditch
Monday November 26, 2018
Wildlife officials in Kerala, India, rescued a baby elephant that fell into a ditch and got trapped. Watch as the family of wild elephants nervously waits on the other side of the river while locals use a backhoe to try to free the baby. …
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