Preceding Adjectives

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Very few adjectives can go before the noun in Italian. The rest are positioned right after the noun.  Bello- meaning beautiful or buono- meaning good, grande – meaning large, and brutto- meaning ugly are definitely the most commonly used preceding adjectives in Italian, and yet they don't necessarily have to be placed before the noun.

Bello and buono have different forms when preceding a noun.



Buono and Bello

Singular

Plural

Before a.

Masculine

Buono

Buoni

S,z + consonants /

Buoni

Vowels or consonants

Feminine

Buona

Buone

Consonant

Buon

Vowel

Masculine

Bello

Begli

S, z + consonants

Bell’

Vowel

Bel

Consonant

Feminine

Bella

Belle

Consonant

Bell’

Vowel

If these words are placed after, then they may be made in the normal way. The above method is used only for when they are to be placed before the noun. It is important to note that Grande can have multiple forms before nouns as well. It can become gran before masculine or feminine with nouns that start with a consonant or grand’ with those that start with a vowel.