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I know that in general the adjective that describes a noun comes after the noun, but in reading books in Spanish and talking to native speakers, I've noted that is not always the case. A common example is 'es un gran (noun of your choice).? I feel very comfortable using that adjective first, but there are others I see that I can't tell why they've done it.

Another time I see it is when there are two adjectives'like'let me think'la pequeña pelota roja, or el gran barco blanco. But still I don't feel very comfortable using phrases like that w/ two adjectives.

Any help on this topic would be great!

Muchas gracias

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updated NOV 13, 2011
posted by Lezipo

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Hi Lezipo, I suggest reading this thread: Before or After?


Also, check the reference page: Adjective Placement


Along with some helpful rules it has a list of about 13 adjectives that change meaning depending on placement.

updated NOV 13, 2011
edited by cristalino
posted by Fredbong
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What the difference between two form adjectives and four form adjectives?

Could you provide examples of what a two form adjective and a four form adjective is?

  • masculine, singular (bueno)
  • masculine, plural (buenos)
  • feminine, singular (buena)
  • feminine, plural (buenas)

is that a 4 form adjective.?

  • masculine or feminine,singular (diferente)
  • masculine or feminine, plural (diferentes)

Is that a two form adjective?

updated AGO 3, 2010
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
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What the difference between two form adjectives and four form adjectives?

updated AGO 3, 2010
posted by khhc
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I know that in general the adjective that describes a noun comes after the noun, but in reading books in Spanish and talking to native speakers, I've noted that is not always the case. A common example is 'es un gran (noun of your choice).? I feel very comfortable using that adjective first, but there are others I see that I can't tell why they've done it.

Another time I see it is when there are two adjectives'like'let me think'la pequeña pelota roja, or el gran barco blanco. But still I don't feel very comfortable using phrases like that w/ two adjectives.

Any help on this topic would be great!

Muchas gracias
Lazarus (and others) have provided us with several very informative posts concerning the location of adjective and the effect of their positioning. I suggest that you search some previous posts. For the example that you mentioned:

... un hombre grande a large (size) man
... un gran hombre a great (admirable, famous) man

(just as an aside) it is not a noun of your choice. Grande becomes gran only before a singular noun. Therefore, it cannot be a plural noun.

in general, descriptive adjectives follow nouns, quantifiers precede nouns, but nothing is that simple. Read the posts to see other "rules".

Oops, sorry Fredbong. You beat me by a minute.

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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