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"two other methods" vs "other two methods"?

for example, I want two other methods. I want other two methods. Which one above is correct ? If both are correct, what is the difference? What is the target noun of "two" and "other" ...
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How to properly position adjectives

Sometimes I find myself in the position to describe something and of course making massive use of adjectives. Check out the following sentences, I would say, for example: three large red apples; ...
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He's "religious Christian" or "Christian religious"?

When having two continuous adjectives, how should I choose what will be first in a sentence? or it doesn't matter? For example: He's "religious Christian" or "He's Christian religious"? I ...
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Adjectives order: opinion or size?

Grammatically speaking, opinion goes before size, i.e. opinion, size, age, shape, color, origin, material, purpose. However, I saw this example in Practical English Usage, third edition, page 12: ...
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The order of adjectives: Is it exactly the same in GB, the USA, and elsewhere in the English-speaking world?

When learning the order of adjectives in a sentence, I thought up a word "saSHcomp" standing for the "Size-Age-Shape-Color-Origin-Material-Purpose" order. Later, I found out that there's a slightly ...
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How to distinguish between descriptive adjectives and classifier adjectives?

I was reading the book "Practical English Usage" came across with order of adjectives before a noun. Of course the correct order of them! In the book we are reading descriptive adjective must come ...
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"exponentially stable global" vs. "global exponentially stable". Which is more appropriate?

I'm not an English native speaker. I'm trying to translate the abstract of my work to English. The problem that I've studied in my work has a global solution that is exponentially stable. I'd like to ...
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The Color red or the Red color

I want some help with this: I have read: The color red is beautiful Why don't we say "the red color" instead, taking into account that in English many times the adjective comes first. For example: ...
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Adjectives order (old-fashioned)

I have to put the adjectives in the correct order to complete the sentences. They only had _____ _____ (leather, old-fashioned) gloves in the sale, so I'll have to keep looking for those. Adjective ...
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Asking for grammatical explanations for why "The book has two pages missing." is right

In Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, there are example sentences as below for the adjective "missing". (Sentence A) The book has two missing pages. (Sentence B) The book has two pages ...
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Adjective order/plural form of "ninety", "story/stories", and "tall."

I was doing some multiple choice exercises. One of them was:- A fire in the ..... building could be a problem for firefighters 1- Ninety-story-tall 2-ninety-tall-story 3-ninety-stories-tall 4-ninety ...
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Grammatically correct? 'big fat funny cats' and 'fat silly cats'

As someone who didn't emphasize on learning grammar at all, I still sometimes find a case that calls for grammar rules. I was asked which one is correct: fat silly cats or silly fat cats? ...
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a sticky note attached (adjective after noun)

I opened my white bag and found a sausage biscuit, hash browns, and a 50-dollar bill with a sticky note attached. Have fun with this, Sam had written. I wonder why "a sticky note attached" ...
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Adjective order and commas with "hair"

I've got long, straight, black hair. I've got long, straight black hair. I've got long straight black hair. Which version is the best? Is the adjective order correct?
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The order of adjective with a "pair of" something

I was wondering where put adjectives used to describe a pair of clothing items. Which is correct: A pair of black pants or a black pair of pants? An expensive L-sized pair of pants or a pair ...
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so, Do we say "Good Affordable hotel" or "Affordable Good hotel"?

A native American teacher said, we have to say "Good Affordable hotel". This page mentions the order of Adjectives in English Opinion Size Shape Age Color Nationality/...
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If you have more than one adjective to describe a noun, is there is a specific order you put them? [duplicate]

According to an answer in Quora to the question: What are the most frustrating grammatical errors you see online? there is a specific way to position adjectives based in their type, how accurate is ...
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Adjective Order with Present & Past participle, and Compound Nouns

I have been trying to understand adjective order for many days; however, when there are present, past participle, or compound nouns in the same phrase, I don’t know how to order those adjectives. ...
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position of adjective when the noun is followed by preposition

Where should I place an adjective when the noun is followed by a preposition? Which is the right way to use of the below sentences? He is a suitable man for any post. Or He is a man ...
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Please check the mnemonic rhyme for adjectives

According to the English grammar, the adjectives between article and noun should be in order: opinion size shape condition age color pattern origin material purpose In order to remember this, I ...
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Whats the order of adjectival elements before the nouns? [duplicate]

if there are all the elements which can be adjective before a noun, can you give me how should i put them in the right position in order? if there a rule or a good example i can follow?
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Is the adjective order "sunny, secret, green" correct?

I went to Sarah's house, and she showed me her sunny, secret, green yard. I'm quite sure green goes at the end. And doing a search on ngram I found more results with sunny, secret than secret, ...
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"yellow useless part" or "useless yellow part"?

This may be a simple question but it has me confused. Is it "yellow useless part" or "useless yellow part" in the sentence below? He threw the yellow useless part of cigarette. By useless yellow ...
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Does healthy or strong go first when used together?

He is a strong healthy man. He is a healthy strong man. Which is the correct answer and why?
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"Dark, straight hair" and "Curly gray hair"

My book says "dark, straight hair" and "curly gray hair" are ways to describe physical appearance. I've seen there's an order of adjectives people usually follow and I wonder why ...
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Help with Adjective Order and Sentence Combination

I'm learning about sentence combination and adjective order. I have many problems with them. For example: The computer belongs to the teacher. The teacher teaches Chemistry. He is well-educated. ...
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Adjective Order and Commas? Do we need commas in these situations?

I'm a Canadian English speaker trying to review my grammar on coordinate and cumulative adjectives. I know the conversational or natural rules by heart, but I need to teach the rules for writing to my ...
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Word Order: "the village crazy lady" vs. "the crazy village lady"

In a movie "Moana", there's this conversation between Moana and her gramma Tala: Tala: When I die, I'm going to come back as one of these. Or I chose the wrong tattoo. Moana: Why are you ...
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Is there an order for two continuous adjectives?

Is there a rule for an order for two continuous adjectives? For example, If I want to say the warm house of the Scottish a) "Scottish warm house" b) "Warm Scottish house" then is there one ...
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Order of adjectives "a big ideal house" or "an ideal big house"

There is a phrase in the following question: a big ideal house Is this the correct order of adjectives? I thought that "opinion" adjective 'ideal' should go before "size" adjective 'big'.
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Adjective Placement

I have been watching some videos on YouTube in order to improve my listening skills. But, at some point, I found myself struggling with the sentence below: We have the refrigerator or the fridge, ...
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Why sometimes adjectives are placed after noun?

Source Valtteri Bottas joins Lewis Hamilton in 'dream' Mercedes move I think it sounds well as Valtteri Bottas joins Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes' 'dream' move Source Source Sheet Metal ...
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Which order of adjectives is correct?

She is a well-developed, tall, young woman. She is a tall, young, well-developed woman. In the sentences, which order of adjectives is correct? I'd like to know the rule for placing various ...
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What is the grammatical structure of “I woke up tired”?

I woke up tired. I grew up rich. Can someone explain the position and functions of the adjectives tired, rich, poor in these sentences? Aren't adjectives supposed to always precede or succeed a noun ...
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The word 'forward' is an adjective or an adverb here

A bit of forward planning would have helped. If I'm not wrong then the word 'forward' is an adjective here. Because it's modifying the word 'planning'.let me know, I'm right. For a start, adjectives ...
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"I want four more" or "I want more four"?

What's the natural order in the following sentence? Where should I put the word "more" in the following sentences? My friend told me that we have already 4 oranges. I want to tell him that: Okay,...
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"Anti-PF1 monoclonal antibody" vs. "Monoclonal anti-PF1 antibody": order of adjectives

Which is better: "Anti-PF1 monoclonal antibody" "Monoclonal anti-PF1 antibody"? I think it's the second: monoclonal anti-PF1 antibody, because "anti-PF1" expresses purpose. I've read about ...
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"gas killing animal"... Is it a correct or is it a confusing structure?

I heard this expression (gas killing animal) on TV news, when they reported that Trump referred to Esad(syrian leader) like this in a tweet, because Esad was reported to have used a chemical gas and ...
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Purple Flying Bee or Flying Purple Bee?

Which one is the right way to use as a document title, product name, or in any other "isolated" manner? A bee that can fly and is purple. Not trying to imply it can The second seems to imply ...
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"Thick red dotted line", or "dotted thick red line", or...?

I would say "dotted red line", but I'm very unsure. Dictionary and web searches didn't lead to a definitive answer. This answer points to a British Council link which seems to confirm "...
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Whose all efforts vs All whose efforts [closed]

He is a fortunate person whose all efforts succeed. He is a fortunate person all of whose efforts succeed. Which sentence is correct? My grammar book is saying second sentence is correct. But ...
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"a movie worth seeing" or "a worth seeing movie"

It is a worth seeing movie and you must not miss it. It is a movie worth seeing and you must not miss it. Which is correct? What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Why "fiber optic[s]" and not "optic fiber"?

The preferred term to talk about those fast network cables (which are called "fibre optique", literally optic[al] fiber, in French) seems to be "fiber optic[s]". Grammatically there are two ways I ...
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Placement of 'Immediately' in sentence

"That will be immediately taken care by user" "That will immediately be taken care by user" "That will be taken care of, immediately" Which one is correct?
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Which phrase about medical situations reads better and why?

When dealing with emergency medical situations or When dealing with medical emergency situations
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Is the order of adjectives correct?

Is the order of adjectives correct? "Delicate golden body" "Then something small, golden and fierce jumped on Allen’s body"
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Is the order of adjectives acceptable: "slim yet athletic bronzed man", "ugly wide wounds", "deep dark blue waters"?

Is the order of adjectives correct in the following sentence? Also, is the usage of "yet" correct? "He was a slim yet athletic bronzed man." What about this one? "I gasped as I saw his legs ...
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adjective order: clean, treated water or treated, clean water?

I'd like to know which order of adjectives is correct in the following sentence. If both are OK, what's the difference? Finally, the wastewater flows into the last tanks, where the chemical chlorine ...
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Difference between adjective+noun and noun+adjective

It was a speech calculated to appeal to the unions. I encountered this sentense on the internet and got a question that how the sentence will change its meaning or nuance if the noun and adjective ...
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How to interpret this complex passive sentence? and reference of nouns in expressions

A- First of all, I'm unsure about the order of the adjectives and the punctuation in the title of my question. Should it be: Passive complex sentence; or Complex passive sentence? And : First ...
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