Placement of adjectives

When they modify a noun, adjectives are normally placed after it,

Es una habitación pequeña.

It's a small room.

Conozco un hotel bonito.

I know a nice hotel.

However, to add emphasis, we may place the adjective before the noun.

Es una pequeña habitación.

It's a small room.

Conozco un bonito hotel.

I know a nice hotel.

We may also choose to place some adjectives before or after a noun depending on the meaning we wish to convey.

After Before Examples
Antiguo Old Previous Un barrio antiguo   An old area
Mi antiguo barrio  My old area
Malo Evil Bad Un hombre malo   An evil man

Un mal día   A bad day

Grande Large (size) Great (qualities)  Un bolso grande   A large bag

Una gran doctora   A great doctor

Único Unique Only (one) Un amigo único   A unique friend

Un único vestido   A single dress

Pobre With no money Unfortunate Un país pobre   A poor country

¡Pobre hombre!   Poor man!

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