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Which order is correct please?

1) dirty old flannel

2) old dirty flannel

Thanks.

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In my opinion, they're both correct.


That said, I'd be more inclined to say "I live in a dirty old town than I live in an old dirty town.


Likewise, I'd probably use #1.


Grammar books don't say that adjectives must always appear in a certain order (e.g colour/material etc).

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sundarnaz

Which order is correct please?

1) dirty old flannel

2) old dirty flannel

Thanks.

As a native speaker I go entirely by the way it sounds to me. I don't even know those lists that try to teach people how to stack adjectives. Here's the basic idea: The more directly related the adjective is to the noun, the closer it goes.

Age changes more slowly than cleanliness. New flannel can get dirty and be washed clean again and again without making it old. And old flannel can also get dirty and be washed clean many times without changing the fact that it's old flannel. So 'dirty' has to be placed farther away from the noun than 'old'.

So to me it's dirty old flannel.

CJ

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sundarnaz1) dirty old flannel 2) old dirty flannel

In my grammar book, it is 2).

'Old' is age and age comes after opinion. Isn't it so?
sundarnaz 'Old' is age and age comes after opinion. Isn't it so?

My book denotes the order of a string of adjectives modifying the noun like this:

general/age/colour/verb participle/provenance/denominal.

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tkacka15In my grammar book, it is 2).

Emotion: surprise

It wouldn't be my choice.

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Thanks CJ.

I wish I could explain things like you.

tkacka15general/age/colour/verb participle/provenance/denominal

In this list it seems to me that 'dirty' counts as "general", so it should go before 'old' ("age").

(Unrelated: I find "provenance" and "denominal" a bit cryptic.)

CJ

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