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dental hard tissues or hard dental tissues?

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  • mysticflower
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    19 May, 2009 at 11:47
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    Hello everyone!!!

    I’m new to the group and will start by asking you a question about some word order….
    I had to do a translation regarding hard dental tissues and was told that the correct order would be ‘" dental hard tissues" or " hard dental tissues" could you please enlighten me which is the correct order.

    Thank you. Nice day to all!!
    Nicoleta

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    10 July, 2009 at 13:52
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    Reply To: dental hard tissues or hard dental tissues?

    Hi Nicoleta

    There is an order of adjectives that we normally follow. For example, the following sentence sounds wrong:

    Yesterday I bought a red, new, fantastic Ferrari.

    This sounds better:

    Yesterday I bought a fantastic new red Ferrari.

    This is because it respects the order of adjectives as follows:

    Opinion – Size – Age – Condition – Shape – Colour – Origin – Material – Purpose
    (the order of these categories varies slightly depending on where you look!)

    So with your example:
    dental fits in the category purpose
    hard I suppose fits in the category condition

    So your example should read hard dental tissues

    Keith

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