Do I need a comma between two adjectives.

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Do I need a comma between these two adjectives:

It was a thunderous, ear-popping sound that no one had heard before.

See example:

It was a thunderous, ear-popping sound that no one had heard before.
asked Sep 02 '13 at 17:50 Olga M. Perez New member

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Yes.  These are not cumulative adjectives of different priority.  They are coordinating adjectives of equal weight.

 

Example

Weighted Cumulative Adjectives:

1. a (article)

2. stupid (opinion)

3. old (age)

4. horse (noun as adjective)

5. barn

 

You can't change the order of these cumulative adjectives:

"old stupid a horse barn"

"a old horse stupid barn"

"a horse old stupid barn"

and you have no need for commas between its correct form

"a stupid old horse barn"

 

However, what you used were coordinating adjectives of equal weight:

"thunderous, ear-popping sound"

To prove it, here it is flipped

"ear-popping, thunderous sound"

 

Coordinating adjectives of equal weight need to be separated by commas.

link comment answered Sep 02 '13 at 17:59 Aaron Prejean Expert
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Yes. When two or more adjectives modify the same noun, they are separated by a comma.

If you were to change 'thunderous' to 'thunderously' (I'm not recommending this, just an example), it would become an adverb modifying 'ear-popping', and no comma would be required.

 

It was a thunderous, ear-popping sound that no one had heard before.

It was a thunderously ear-popping sound that no one had heard before.

link comment answered Sep 02 '13 at 17:59 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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