Know the Forms of Spanish Adjectives

The two most important things to know about Spanish adjectives is how they change their forms based on the noun they are modifying and the fact that they most frequently follow the noun instead of come before it.

Adjectives changing form is not a concept we have in English. When we use an adjective, like cold or big, it remains the same in every sentence, no matter what. So you'll have to learn and understand the rules of adjectives in Spanish. The key is knowing the gender of nouns, so when you use an adjective, you can change its form to match the gender of the noun where necessary.

Also, speakers of English are used to using adjectives before the noun. In Spanish this is typically reversed. So in a sentence like, "I want cold water," the Spanish word for cold would come after the word for water. This is something that beginning students of Spanish struggle with because they often have to mentally remind themselves to switch the order of the noun and adjective which can trip them up when speaking.

Learning these concepts and then actually putting them into practice in conversations are two different things. One of the best ways to get a feeling for using Spanish adjectives is reading and conversation practice because both of these keep your focus at the sentence level. This of course comes after you have learned a nice list of adjectives to begin with.

When you start learning Spanish, you can use flash cards and games to build up a good list of adjectives for you to use. Our Visual Spanish Adjectives and Adverbs product can help you learn adjectives faster by keeping the adjectives you need to learn at your fingertips throughout the day.

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