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Adjectives?

In Italian do all adjectives change their endings depending on the plurality and gender of the noun?

March 28, 2013

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Short answer: no.

All adjectives are always set to the same gender and number as the noun they refer to, but the endings vary and sometimes there's no change: for instance grande/grandi (no change with gender).


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There are two classes of adjectives in Italian and the only way to tell which one each belongs to is to look at their base form: if it ends in -o (e.g. annoiato, annoyed) then it belongs to the first one, otherwise if it ends in -e (e.g. felice = happy) it will belong to the second one. When I say the base form, I mean the one you would use to look up the meaning of the word in a dictionary. Though annoiate does exist, it's the form you would use in 'the women are annoyed'='le donne sono annoiate'; but it is not its base form. Hope I didn't overcomplicate things.

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