Placement of the Adjective

Adjectives generally follow the noun.

Certain common adjectives, however, generally come before the noun. Here are the most common:
  • bello beautiful
  • bravo good, able
  • brutto ugly
  • buono good
  • caro dear
  • cattivo bad
  • giovane young
  • grande large; great
  • lungo long
  • nuovo new
  • piccolo small, little
  • stesso same
  • vecchio old
  • vero true
Examples: But even these adjectives must follow the noun for emphasis or contrast, and when modified by an adverb. Note:

An adjective modifying two nouns of different gender is masculine.

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

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