Adjectives in Spanish

In grammar, an adjective is a ‘describing’ word – it describes a noun or a noun phrase and gives more information about it

For example, the red rose

Adjectives in Spanish have gender – a masculine  adjective must be used with a masculine noun, a  feminine adjective with a feminine noun – this is called noun-adjective agreement

Some adjectives change in form with gender, while others don’t. Adjectives that are descriptive usually follow the noun they describe. Lets take some examples

Example -o / -a ending adjectives:

The tall boy = El chico alto

The tall girl = La chica alta

  • Adjectives also change form depending upon whether the word they modify is singular or plural

Example :

The tall boys = Los chicos altos

The tall girls = Las chicas altas

Adjectives that end in ‘e’ stay same for both the genders, however they change forms for singular and plural

Example :

The smart girl = La chica inteligente
The smart boy = La chico inteligente
The smart girls = Las chicas inteligentes

For more such rules on adjectives and lots of examples, here is the lesson on CultureAlley

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