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Adjectives are words that modify a noun, adding more info to it or restricting it in some way. Unlike English adjectives, Spanish adjectives have different endings for feminine, masculine, singular or plural, and they agree with the noun they modify:

  • Un hombre educado - An educated man
  • Una jirafa domesticada - A domesticated giraffe

  • Descriptive adjectives in Spanish usually go after the noun, but look out for the shortened ones that go before: gran big, buen good and mal bad, among others.

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    Adjective or adverb?
    La magia del ají
    Chilli pepper: an effective treatment for arthritis

    With quiz
    Distributives: Cada
    Crece la población latina de EE.UU
    Hispanics the largest minority group in the US

    With vocabulary
    Amorales se pelean en Londres
    Mexican wrestles with art at Tate

    With quiz
    Bush y Kerry: anuncios en español
    US election candidates tried out Spanish skills to target voters

    With quiz and matching audio
    Indefinite adjectives and pronouns
    El Español en Internet: "Haz click con el mouse"
    How do technological advances affect language?

    With quiz and matching audio
    Adjectives that precede the noun
    Crece el turismo en España y América Latina
    Latin American and Spanish tourism on the increase

    With quiz and matching audio

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