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    Tall old tree or tall and old tree?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Terrie000, Jul 2, 2016.

    Hey, got a simple question. Can you have 2 adjectives in a row? Like tall old tree or do I have to write tall and old tree? Or.... tall-old tree... or whatever is grammatically correct, lol. Thanks!

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    I'd stick a comma in @Terrie000 as they act on the noun independently. I'd leave it out though if one adjective can affect a combo of noun and the other adjective together.
    Well I say I'd stick a comma in, I'd have to remember first or catch it in the editing process. I often make the mistake.
     
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    Or just claim creative license to write the way that best suits the mood of your story and the persona of your characters.
     
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    I agree with SethLoki. There should be a comma between the two adjectives if you want to be grammatically correct.
     
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    Tall, old tree sounds klunky. So does old, tall tree. Neither rolls off the tongue well. I would word it differently. If you are just dying to use the phrase, then seth is right. You need a comma.
     
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    Thanks all that replied quickly. Appreciated!
     
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    These days, in many modern novels where the author is going for fast-paced prose, you'll see that comma dropped. Technically, it should be there, but it's up to you whether you use it.
     
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    And just to give an example of what @SethLoki correctly points out:

    Tall and old have nothing to do with each other. One doesn't modify the other. But say you had a dark red sock. Dark modifies the kind of red and they both modify the kind of sock, together, in unison, so no comma.
     
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