The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase" by Mark Forsyth but maybe I should.
I happened upon this quote from his book that is interesting to any non-native speaker of English but probably also to any native speaker who wants to know more about their language.
Anyway, the quote is:
"Adjectives, absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So, you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that order in the slightest, you’ll sound like a maniac."
Of course, I've looked it up elsewhere and found some more information, so "Google is my best friend" … and they gave me the following list:
Generally, the adjective order in English is:
• Quantity or number.
• Quality or opinion.
• Proper adjective (often nationality, other place of origin, or material)
• Purpose or qualifier.
• At first
• To start with
• First of all
• To begin with
• In the beginning
• at this point
• after that
• later on
• during this time
• In time
• In the end
You can never stop learning a language, even your own, and I know that most readers are also interested in language, so I thought more people might be interested in this.
Apparently, the British Council disagrees but I think we all need some sort of guidance when learning a foreign language, so I say, stick to one or the other, most native speakers won't notice anyway. 😉