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The clever little old grammar rule you didn't know you knew

by: Anne O'Connell (24 January 2017)

You may think you're not a grammarian, or you may be able to spot what's right and what's not but not be able to explain why. But did you know that there's a rule to determine the order of adjectives? Even if you didn't, you probably put the descriptors in the right order (opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose noun) without even realising it.

Last September, an excerpt from Mark Forsyth's book The Elements of Eloquence was used by BBC Culture's editor Matthew Anderson in a tweet. It got around a bit, to say the least: it currently has 53k retweets and 78k likes – I think that counts as going viral... Mark's article which followed explained that we know it's right to say outrageous big fat presidential lie but not orange tiny-handed deluded scary redneck. It's worth a read: http://www.bbc.co.uk/culture/story/20160908-the-language-rules-we-know-but-dont-know-we-know.

What other rules do we know but don't know we know? I don't know...

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Ref: 242 You know what you know, you don't know what you know, you know what you don't know and you don't know what you don't know. So keep learning and you never know...
Romany - 10:19 25-01-2017
Ref: 241 It's always good to know you know more than you think you know.
Garry - 08:13 25-01-2017

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