What should I say to describe the following context :

1- an intense 13-week course.

2- a 13-week intense course.

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According to the scheme of attribution of order (ref.), if we reckon that "13-week" represents a size and "intense" a quality the noun phrase must be written "an intense 13-week course".

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    A 13-week intense course sounds better to me which I find worded apparently in the order of importance.
    – Ram Pillai
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 6:52
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    @RamPillai I must say that my impression before I checked the rule was that the more natural order was the inverse of what you find more logical and perhaps more pleasant, and thus the rule seems to corroborate the possible fact that this is the usual order of these sorts of adjectives when I find them. For instance I find "a two weeks training course" to have adj. in the narural order and that is confirmed by the rule again as purpose comes after size. Why should the size be more important? I think that both elements of information are important, but not comparable in importance.
    – LPH
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 7:14
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    It is matter of how one prioritizes it. Even mine might have been influenced that way :)
    – Ram Pillai
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 8:30
  • @ LPH Thanks , I totally agree with you.
    – Mohamed kz
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 12:19

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