English as a Second Language/English adjectives
How are you? Could you please help me with this question: can adjectives modify adjectives? I think it takes an adverb to do that. Or, at least GrammarBook says so: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/adjAdv.asp
But, here is an example: "There was something very pleasing in his mild blue eyes."
And a little more context: His voice was gentle; you could not imagine that he could raise it in anger; his smile was kind.
I wonder what does mild describes: eyes or blue? Could "mild blue" be as a color, like "Baby blue", "Ball blue", "Beau blue", "Blizzard Blue"? It takes two words to describes a color.
Thank you, Amy
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By definition adjectives cannot modify adjectives. It takes an adverb to modify an adjective, while adjectives modify nouns and pronouns.
About that example - I'm thinking 2 things
1) there should be a comma between mild and blue:
There was something very pleasing in his mild, blue eyes. In which case mild describes the eyes.
2) there is no comma:
There was something very pleasing in his mild blue eyes. In which case "mild blue" is the term the author of the text used as a color name. Like you said - similar to baby blue, navy blue etc.