Placement of the Adjective

Generally, adjectives follow nouns:

However, certain common adjectives precede the noun. They include:
  • bon good
  • mauvais bad
  • grand big, great
  • petit small, little, petty
  • jeune young,
  • vieux old, aged,
  • long long,
  • beau beautiful,
  • faux false,
  • gros gross, rude,
  • nouveau new,
  • joli nice, beautiful.


A few adjectives change meaning when placed before the noun. Generally, it is thought that when placed after the noun, these adjectives retain their literal meaning; placed before it, they take on a figurative sense:

See also Adjective (formation, degree of comparison etc.).

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