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Is the order of adjectives correct?

"Delicate golden body"

"Then something small, golden and fierce jumped on Allen’s body"

  • There's not really any strict order of adjectives, but I'm inclined to change the second to fierce, small and golden. – Dog Lover Apr 14 '16 at 4:32
  • @DogLover Doing so so changes the emphasis (in meaning, not pronunciation), which is is slightly stronger for the last adjective. – mattdm Apr 14 '16 at 4:35
  • Ah, I see that that's already explained in LaurenceC's answer. – mattdm Apr 14 '16 at 4:37
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The only hard rule with adjectives would be the following:

  • determiners must come first, if you are using them. Articles, possessive pronouns, words such as this, that, these, those, and any word that answers "how many" - such as numbers - all fall in that category.

  • If you use a number and other type of determiner, the number comes after the other word.

I took 3 old blue pens from the container.

I took old blue 3 pens from the container (bad).

I took these 3 old blue pens from the container.

I took my 3 old blue pens from the container.

I took old these 3 blue pens from the container (bad).

You may be able to get away with not saying the number in the proper spot when talking, but never other determiners.

The link @Mohammad Chamanpara provides should be followed, but you may see the order not followed strictly. When using 3 or more adjectives, the adjectives closer to the word are slightly emphasized, so a writer may choose to move a more "important" adjective closer to the word being modified.

Then something small, golden and fierce jumped on Allen’s body"

Fierce here sticks out as slightly more important or prominent than small or golden.

Then something fierce, golden, and small jumped on Allen's body"

Here small is a bit more important than fierce or golden.

You would probably have to hear someone read it loud in a dramatic fashion for what I'm saying to make complete sense.

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It is correct. I don't think it matters.

Delicate golden body

is the same as

Golden delicate body

and "

Then something small, golden and fierce jumped on Allen’s body"

is the same as "

Then something small, fierce and golden and fierce jumped on Allen’s body"

or as

"Then something golden, fierce and golden and fierce jumped on Allen’s body"

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The order of adjectives :

  1. General opinion
  2. Specific opinion
  3. Size
  4. Shape
  5. Age
  6. Color
  7. Nationality
  8. Material

You can see this link for some information on this topic.
I hope this is helpful.

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