Adjective Position

Italian adjective positionItalian 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.

   

Adjectives

Italian adjectivesOne of the eight parts of speech, adjectives are a type of modifier; that is, they modify or describe nouns in a certain way, letting you know the size, shape, weight, color, nationality, or any of a myriad other possible qualities of nouns.

   

Adjectives with Prepositions

Italian adjectives with prepositionsWhen describing someone as capable of doing or determined to do something, a preposition is required between the adjective and verb. In Italian, the choice of preposition depends on the adjective that precedes it, not the verb that follows.

Adverbs of Manner

Italian adverbs of mannerAdverbs of manner express how the action of a verb occurs. In English, the vast majority of adverbs of manner end in -ly, whereas in Italian, they mostly end in -mente. They are usually created from adjectives.

   

Demonstrative Adjectives

Italian demonstrative adjectivesDemonstrative adjectives (this, that) are used to indicate a specific noun or nouns. In Italian, they must agree with the noun(s) in number and sometimes gender: questo, quella, quei ….

   

Fractions

Italian fractions
In both Italian and English, there’s a lot of overlap between fractions and ordinals: the vast majority of these two types of numbers share the same word.

   

Indefinite Adjectives

Italian indefinite adjectivesIndefinite adjectives like altro, ogni, and tutto describe nouns in a general or non-specific way. Many indefinite adjectives indicate a vague quantity.

   

   

Negative Adjectives

Italian negative adjectivesItalian negative adjectives are used to negate or refuse nouns. Like other negative structures, negative adjectives – also called indefinite negative adjectives – have two parts.

   

Past Participle

Italian past participleThe past participle is essential in the creation of compound verb tenses/moods and the passive voice, and it can also be used as an adjective.