Position of adjectives

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Position of adjectives

Adjectives normally go after a noun or the verbs ser, estar (both: to be) and parecer (to seem, to look).

Nacho parece tonto.

Nacho looks dumb.

El tango argentino.

The Argentine tango.

Sometimes the adjective goes before a noun for emphasis.

Una pequeña habitación.

A small room.

Un bonito hotel.

A beautiful hotel.

Some adjectives change their meaning depending on whether they are placed before or after the noun.

After Before Examples
Bueno Morally good, kind Good quality Un hombre bueno (A good man)

Un buen trabajo (A good job)

Malo Evil Mediocre, poor Un hombre malo (A bad man)

Un mal día (A bad day)

Grande Large Great Un bolso grande (A big bag)

Una gran doctora (A great doctor)

Único Unique Only, sole, single (1) Un amigo único (A unique friend)

Un único vestido (A single dress)

Pobre Impoverished Unhappy, unfortunate Un país pobre (A poor country)

¡Pobre hombre! (Poor man!)

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