How to punctuate adjectives

THE SENTENCE:
The grey horse jumped gracefully over the low brick wall.

QUESTION:
Should I place a comma between “low” and “brick”?

ANSWER:
No.
Here are the “comma tests” you can use to decide:

  • Does the sentence make sense if the adjectives are written in reverse order?
  • Does the sentence make sense if the adjectives are written with and between them?

If the answer is ‘no,’ we don’t need a comma.

EXAMPLES:
The grey horse jumped gracefully over the brick low wall.
The grey horse jumped gracefully over the low and brick wall.
SO: The grey horse jumped gracefully over the low brick wall. (NO COMMA)

He was a difficult, mule.
He was a stubborn, difficult mule. (CORRECT)
He was a difficult and stubborn mule. (CORRECT)
SO: He was a difficult, stubborn mule. (USE A COMMA BETWEEN THE ADJECTIVES)

Grey horse sentence from: Whimbey, Arthur and Jenkins, Elizabeth. Analyze, Organize, Write. Revised Edition. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 1987. Print. (4).
Answer from : the OWL

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