Well there’s a reason to this! ……….Words like ‘little’, ‘red’, ‘riding’, ‘big’, ‘bad’ are all adjectives. Meaning, they are descriptive words that give you more information about what hood the girl was wearing & what type of wolf was out to get her in the story……
Did you know that when you use multiple adjectives together, they really are not put together randomly but that they come in a particular order as prescribed by grammatical rules in the English Language…..?
Let’s look at the different categories of adjectives:
cool, beautiful, ugly, etc = Opinion
large, small, tiny, hug, etc = Size
new, old, etc = Age
red, blue, green, etc = Colour
Italian, American, English, etc = Nationality
leather, synthetic, etc = Type
The rule of thumb is that an Opinion adjective comes first, followed by a Size adjective, Age adjective, Colour adjective, Nationality & then only the Type adjective. So to answer the earlier question about Little Red Riding Hood, that’s why its described in this particular order:
“LITTLE (size), RED (colour), RIDING (type) HOOD“
“BIG (size), BAD (type) WOLF“
Do be careful though, some words like ‘good’ & ‘bad’ can be opinion adjectives or type adjectives depending on context i.e. ‘Big Bad Wolf (Bad = here is Type hence it comes last) vs. Good Old Days (Good = Opinion, hence it comes first)
To help you remember the order, think of the first letters of the types of adjectives as a new massage chair brand like OSIM or OGAWA – it would be named OSACONT! So if you have a new bag, you would describe it as follows in perfect OSACONT order & not any other way
I’ve got a cool, large, new, red, Italian, leather bag
COOL, DON’T YOU AGREE?