In this lesson we cover Italian adjectives that change meaning depending on their position. If they are placed before a noun they have one meaning, if they are placed after a noun the meaning completely changes.

Two Main Takeaways

  • Some words, including adjectives, will change the meaning of the sentence depending on their position. For example, the adjective “grande” before a noun means “great”. When placed after a noun, it means “big”.
  • Other adjectives that follow this pattern are: “povero”, “nuovo”, “vecchio”, “diverso”, “numeroso”, and “certo”.

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 #55: Opposite Italian Adjectives.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #69: The Position of Adjectives in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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