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Introduction to Adjectives
An adjective is a word that describes a noun. Adjectives can describe shape,
color, size, and many other things about a noun. Spanish adjectives
are very different from English adjectives, for two reasons.
Augmentatives (-on, -azo, -ote, -acho)
In Spanish, suffixes called augmentatives can be added to nouns,
adjectives, adverbs, and names to indicate bigness, as well as other ideas such
as excessiveness, contempt, or disdain. In this way, you can say that something
is big without adding an adjectives like grande to indicate bigness or
repugnante to indicate contempt.
Demonstrative Adjectives (Este,
Demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those) are words which indicate a
specific noun. Spanish demonstrative adjectives are more complicated than
their English counterparts, because there are three different sets and they
must agree in gender and number with the noun they modify.
Diminutives (-ito, -illo)
In Spanish, suffixes called diminutives can be added to nouns,
adjectives, adverbs, and names to indicate smallness, as well as other ideas
such as affection, humor, pity, irony, or ridicule. In this way, you can say
that something is little without adding an adjectives like pequeño to
indicate smallness or querido to indicate affection, etc.
Exclamative Adjectives (¡Qué...!)
In Spanish, many exclamations are formed with ¡qué! Although these
constructions might seem very simple, there are actually some strict rules about
the grammar used in them.
Intensifiers (Muy, -ísimo)
In Spanish, there are a number of words as well as one suffix that can be
used to intensify the meaning of other words. Intensifiers are not the same
thing as comparatives, superlatives, or augmentatives.
Interrogative Adjectives (Qué, Cuál,
Cuánto) Qué, cuál, and cuánto are Spanish interrogative adjectives. An adjective is
a word that modifies a noun, and interrogative means questioning, so
interrogative adjectives are adjectives used to ask the questions what, which,
and how much/many.
Position of Spanish Adjectives Spanish adjectives may be found before or after the nouns they modify,
depending on various factors. Generally speaking, descriptive adjectives
follow nouns, while limiting adjectives precede nouns.
Possessive Adjectives (Mi, Tuyo...)
Possessive adjectives indicate to whom or to what something belongs. In
Spanish, there are two different sets of possessive adjectives:
long/stressed forms and short/unstressed forms.
Relative Adjective (Cuyo) Cuyo is a relative adjective that means whose, of whom, or of which. Like
other Spanish adjectives, cuyo agrees with the noun it modifies in gender and
number. Cuyo is used to indicate the noun who or which is the object of the
clause that follows.
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