Italian Lesson #50

SALVE!

I hope that last week’s tip on “front-seat” adjectives helped you. Let’s start this week’s lesson with a review of those same adjectives that usually go in front of the nouns they describe.

EXERCISE
Create logical sentences using the following prompts (pay special attention to the adjectives’ position).

Example:
Luigi/avere/casa/bello = Luigi ha una bella casa.

1. Loro/essere/studenti/intelligente
2. Tu/comprare/libro/nuovo
3. Voi/vivere/in una/casa/moderno
4. Noi/avere/problema/piccolo

IRREGULAR ADJECTIVE-ENDING CHANGES
In a previous lesson we reviewed noun-ending changes that were irregular, many of the adjective endings will follow those same patterns. There are two types of adjectives which will insert an “h” in the plural ending (for pronunciation reasons):

• adjectives ending in –co/a, and
• adjectives ending in –go/a

Examples:
-co/a
stanco → stanchi = Loro sono stanchi
bianca → bianche = Le camice bianche sono qui
-go/a
largo → larghi (wide) = I pantaloni sono larghi
vaga → vaghe = Ha dato delle risposte vaghe

As we saw with nouns, any adjective of foreign origin will not change in the plural:
free-lance = Fanno molti lavori free-lance
small  = È una taglia small

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS:
1. bello → brutto
2. vecchio → giovane
3. cattivo → bravo
4. grande → piccolo



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