In this lesson, we learn the position of adjectives in Italian. The general rule tells us that adjectives usually come after the noun they refer to. However, there are some specific cases where adjectives must be placed before.

Two Main Takeaways

  • Adjectives that describe qualities and characteristics are the most flexible ones, and can be placed before or after a noun.
  • Adjectives that indicate possession and an unspecified quantity can only be placed before a noun. Adjectives that indicate nationality, color, and shape can only be placed after a noun.

Three Action Steps

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  • Take the instant-score quiz below to test your understanding of the lesson.

Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #32: Adjectives to Describe Character.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #21: How to Build Sentences in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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