It's an expensive professional camera. In the above sentence, expensive and professional are opinion adjectives. So, why does expensive go before professional? Thank you!


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'Expensive' is an opinion. What is expensive to one person is not necessarily to another. It is related to perceived value.

Adjectives of opinion always go first. A popular guide to order of adjectives (represented by the mnemonic OpSAShCOMP) suggests:

Opinion: pretty, horrible, lovely
Size: huge, tiny, big, little
Age: old, young, new
Shape: round, square, triangular
Colour: black, red, yellow
Origin: British, Chinese, French
Material: woollen, wooden, silk
Purpose: writing (paper), school (shoes)

So, for example, you might have an expensive new Japanese camera.

  • So, what about professional? what kind of adjectives does professional belong to? Nov 9, 2022 at 14:16
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    @HồDuyLợi I would say it describes the camera's purpose: This camera is intended for professional use.
    – Esther
    Nov 9, 2022 at 14:43
  • Ok, I got it. Thank you very much! Nov 10, 2022 at 1:28

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