"Coffee can have a bad effect on the stomach."

Translation:Il caffè può avere un brutto effetto sullo stomaco.

August 6, 2013



Secondo il mio marito, si dovrebbe dire: un effeto cativo, e non brutto.

August 6, 2013


È italiano, sì?

November 23, 2013


Any reason for "brutto" being before "effetto"? Can brutto go either before or after?

September 3, 2014


Yes, there is a reason.

The difference is that an adjective in front of a noun is descriptive and an adjective after the noun is distinguishing.

Some time ago I made two lists about adjectives' positions, if you want, you can have a look

1) positions of adjectives:


2) list of adjectives that change their meaning depending on there position (before or after the noun):


September 3, 2014


Many thanks as always for your help Sandra. And those two links are great - have copied them for future reference. I'm not sure I understand the difference between "descriptive" and "distinguishing" though. Maybe me just being thick.

September 5, 2014

  • descriptive means it's not emphasizing it's only a fact, a characteristic (una bella macchina)

  • distinguishing means that's emphasizing (una macchina bella (non è per niente brutta!!))

September 5, 2014


Hi Sandra - Do you mean that if it's afterwards the sense is stressed/emphasised?

September 5, 2014


yes, exactly! There are some words that are used often this way: bello, buono, breve, brutto, cattivo, corto, giovane, lungo, piccolo ecc.

In Italian these adjectives are normally placed before the noun but sometimes after it to emphasize. Curious is that's nearly the same in French: the adjectives "BANGS" (beauty, age, number, good/bad, and size) are always placed in front of the noun; The others, instead, mostly after the noun.

September 5, 2014


Why couldn't I use "male' here instead of 'brutto'?

October 5, 2014


If I am not mistaken "male" is an adverb not an adjective.

November 26, 2014


Is the article "Il" before "caffe" really essential?

November 27, 2014


Shouldnt "...puo fare un brutto..." be accepted too??

February 4, 2015


why isn't cattivo acceptable?

July 31, 2015


Why is può in front of avere in this sentence please.

September 30, 2018


Cattivo is accepted ... male is not ... I thought 'brutto' meant 'ugly'.

May 16, 2019
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