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Orange? Brown?

Can someone explain/clarify the masculine and feminine forms of orange in Italian? The vocab section suggests that there are only two forms, "arancionI" and "arancione".

What about brown? Is it only "marrone"?

May 19, 2013

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These are both examples of what are called "invariable" adjectives. There is no masculine or feminine form, only forms for singular and plural. Colors in particular can have some very strange forms in Italian (for example, "blu" has a single form for every use).

May 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jesslc

In general adjectives that end in -e only have singular (-e) and plural (-i).

But CreyB is also right in that quite a few of the colour adjectives are odd (irregular).

May 29, 2013

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