Languages have a certain order in which you can attach adjectives to the noun they are describing. For example, in English, it sounds odd to a native speaker to talk about a *black beautiful big dog, whereas a beautiful big black dog is perfectly acceptable. In the same way, adjectives in Gaelic are attached in a certain order, as follows:
|[Noun] [Size] [Quality] [Colour]|
So our canine friend would be described as:
|cù mór brèagha dubh|
You can either remember the order that way or think of it that way: size goes closest to the noun, colour furthest away. Doesn't matter which way you remember it as long as you remember it.
Here are more examples:
|caileag mhór laghach ruadh|
|girl big nice red-haired|
|a nice tall red haired girl|
|càr beag saor uaine|
|car small cheap green|
|a cheap small green car|
These aren't ironclad rules, in case someone was going to email in with nighean donn bhòidheach. They're more like strong guidelines although I suspect that our nighean donn bhòidheachnighean donn bhòidheach may be muddled due to the fact that the composer of this song wanted it to rhyme with the next few lines!
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