Translation:My parents want to visit different towns.
From what I can tell, "mis padres quieren visitar pueblos differentes" would be closer to "... to visit towns which are different/unique" and "mis padres quieren visitar differentes pueblos" is closer to a disagreement over which town to visit "each of my parents wants to visit a different town"
Ah, thank you, KennethBon! I have been trying to figure out why DL would not accept "My parents want to visit various towns." Now, I understand Duo is thinking more like "My parents do not want to visit the same towns."
EDIT: A month later, I now think the above is backwards. I now believe "Mis padres quieren visitar diferentes pueblos" would mean "My parents want to visit various towns" and "Mis padres quieren visitar pueblos diferentes" would mean "My parents want to visit unusual towns" OR imply that they disagree about which towns to visit.
Unpopular opinion: I agree with you. Maybe it's backwards.
Diferente noun == various. Noun diferent == is different
At least this is what i understand from here: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/adjective-placement
This is true only generally. Some adjectives, diferente(s) being one, take on a different meaning depending on whether they're placed before or after the noun.
This can help you get started with learning more:
Interesting, because, I have started the Spanish to English lessons also for further experience and many of the Spanish sentences have the adjective in front of the noun instead of after. I will have to pay close attention to whether that changes the meaning of the sentences although I don't recall it doing so.
I saw this explanation which might help https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/adjective-placement
I'm a 42 year old native English speaker who would probably make that spelling mistake. English spelling is really challenging. I do keep trying to improve, but spelling has been easier in all the other languages I've studied. (I had to google "languages" just now to get the spelling of that right, and when my spell check highlighted "studied" I realized it didn't need the second "d" I'd added. )
You mean it as in "different from the norm" instead of "different from each other", right? I'm pretty certain that would file in with "pueblos diferentes", but it's surprisingly hard to look up, since English doesn't make a big difference there either. But if you use diferente with a singular noun (as you can do with "different from the norm"), you will find the adjective exclusively after the noun.
Interesting and unfortunate--it would be easier to remember that different from the norm is similar to various. Guess I'll have to try as a semi-rule that diferentes almost always follows the noun, unless the English is various or a synonym. Of course, I tried "My parents want to visit various places," in DL's statement and it wasn't accepted!
Nope, many "ordinary" adjectives can precede the noun. Examples: blanca nieve and nieve amarilla. An adjective before a noun often takes on an intrinsic, almost poetic quality: "The white snow glistened in the morning sun". Whereas after a noun, it suggests a more restrictive, specific instance: "Children should be told not to eat yellow snow." Another classic example: Nueva York.
There are a handful of categories of adjectives that you can regularly find in front of the noun. These are skilfully abbreviated with BANGS:
- beauty - bonito, feo, hermoso...
- age - joven, viejo, nuevo...
- number - dos, mucho, tercero...
- goodness - bueno, malo, mediocre...
- size - grande, pequeño, alto...
Attila, when you put the adjective behind the noun, you're describing a property that's inherent to the noun itself. In the case of "pueblos diferentes", it would mean that the towns are different from each other or they are different from the norm.
When a descriptive adjective is put in front of its noun, it rather reflects the relationship to the speaker. With diferente that's a bit difficult to see, but in this case "diferentes pueblos" would mean that they plan to visit a variety of places.
Thanks for your explanation, this makes it clear now. Since such structure has't occured during the first 150 or so lessons, it made me believe there was a more rigid rule on where to put descriptive adjectives in the sentence.
Köszönöm, ha szabad magyarul is mondanom. A zászlók szerint ezzel a nyelvvel is foglalkozol.
Wesley, there are rules, but they are a bit more diverse than just "the adjective follows the noun". There are some adjectives that change their meaning slightly, depending on where you place it. Diferente is one of those. In front of a noun it means "various" or "several different", and if it's behind the noun, it means "distinct from each other".