Adjectives order is a bit confusing and tricky to me. What order would be appropriate to say :

Naked bony girls in magazines.


Bony naked girls in magazines.

If I refer to this post I'd be tempted to say the second sentence is more accurate, "naked" being the condition (I guess...) and "bony" being the shape. What do you think ?

  • I see no particular preference for the adjective sequence here. Nor do writers in general. Don't think of that "Royal order of Adjectives" as being a true "grammatical rule" - it's just a rule of thumb (that often turns out to be "accurate / predictive", but isn't necessarily even relevant). Commented Feb 13, 2020 at 16:24
  • Your choice really depends on whether you're thinking in terms of naked girls [who are bony] or bony girls [who are naked]. In the context of the contextually-relevant type of magazines, that probably reflects which of those two characteristics the writer is most "outraged" by (is he bothered about "nudie" magazines in general, or specifically bothered about the more recent tendency for them to feature emaciated / androgynous women?). Commented Feb 13, 2020 at 16:32
  • @FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Thanks for your comments, that would be more naked girls [who are bony] . As for what bothers the most, I'd say both sides you mentionned matter equally.
    – Delt
    Commented Feb 13, 2020 at 16:48
  • Well, you might wish to note that naked girls in magazines is a more "familiar" concept than bony girls in magazines (there are no written instances of the latter, so the best Google Books can do is redirect me back to your actual question here). It's usually more natural to tack another modifying adjective before a "known" collocation, rather than breaking that collocation up with an "inserted" adjective. Commented Feb 13, 2020 at 17:00


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