Short-form Adjectives in Spanish
Some Spanish adjectives need to be shortened when they come before a singular masculine noun. The fancy term for this shortening process is apocopation.
|Original Adjective||Shortened Adjective||Example|
Common Shortened Adjectives
Quite a few common adjectives are shortened before masculine singular nouns. Here's a list of some you're likely to come across.
|Original Adjective||Shortened Adjective||English|
Santo is an adjective that is shortened only before certain nouns. It is not shortened with names that begin with Do- or To- or when it precedes a common noun.
Grande is shortened when it precedes both masculine and feminine singular nouns.
The short form of grande is not used when
- it's used in the comparative or superlative
- it is used in an exclamatory with the word cuán
- when it appears in coordination with other adjectives.