Commas with Adjectives Following Nouns

Sometimes for emphasis adjectives or paired adjectives follow the noun they modify. The adjective or adjective pair is then set off by commas.

Correct: The car, bright red, stood out in the parking lot.

The adjective pair, if coordinate adjectives, must use the word and to separate the two adjectives.

Correct: The dessert, sweet and rich, was delightful.

For more on cumulative and coordinate adjectives, see Paired Adjectives.


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