Adjectives With And

When two or more adjectives come together, we sometimes put and before the last one and sometimes not. The rules are as follows.

After a verb

When adjectives come in predicative position (after be, seem and similar verbs), we usually put and before the last one.

He was tall, dark and handsome.
She was like a winter’s day: short, dark and dirty.

In a very literary style, and is sometimes left out.

Before a noun

In attributive position (before a noun), and is less common.

A tall, dark, handsome cowboy

Note that and has to be used when two or more adjectives refer to different parts of something.

A yellow and black sports car
A concrete and glass factory

Sections in this article

Adjectives
Adjectives placed before nouns
Adjectives placed after verbs
Adjectives without Nouns
Adjectives: order before nouns
Kinds of Adjectives
Adjectives with and
Complements of adjectives

See also

Adjective clauses

Relative clauses

Relative pronouns

Identifying relative clauses

Omission of relative pronouns

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