Easter Sale
Get a huge 60% off
- limited time only

See Offer!

Average Rating: 4.7

Adjective placement

jrdevivo October 6, 2016, 3:15 am
I often get confused on adjective placement.  The dialogue in lesson 5.1 includes each of the following sentences.

1.  È questo piccolo appartamento al secondo piano.
2. È un appartamento piccolo, ma c'è tutto!

In sentence 1, it is translated as "little apartment" and sentence 2 it is translated as "small apartment."

In putting the adjective before vs. after, is one form emphasizing the adjective more than the other?  It's hard to tell which is which from the two sentences above.  Also, can you change the placement of any adjective or only certain kinds of adjectives?

Adjective placement
drewster October 6, 2016, 8:52 am
Hi Jay,

Most adjectives follow the noun in Italian but some can go before, mostly ones to do with size (piccolo, grande), quality (bello, bravo) and age (giovane, vecchio) but there are others. I understand that they go after the noun for emphasis but they can be either side. Most others should follow.

Adjective placement
Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor October 6, 2016, 6:33 pm
Hi jrdevivo,

You might find this useful:

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Adjective placement
jrdevivo October 7, 2016, 2:20 am
Thanks  Lucia - that link hit all my questions!  Thank you too Drew - I'll add those rules to my cheat sheet!

Adjective placement

Ask a question or a post a response

If you want to ask a question or post a response you need to be a member.

  • If you are already a member login here.

  • If you are not a member you can become one by taking the free Rocket Italian trial here.

Over 1,200,000 people love Rocket Languages

Here's what Rocket Languages members have to say:

Andrei Freeman - Pennsylvania, USA


Pennsylvania, USA

Rudi Kopp - USA



Carmen Franceschino - Pennsylvania, USA


Pennsylvania, USA

Kelly Scali - Chicago, USA


Chicago, USA

Mark Waddel - Auckland, NZ


Auckland, NZ

William McGill - Florida, USA


Florida, USA

Probably the best language tool I've come across. Actually love it more than Rosetta Stone and Duolingo

Try our award-winning online Italian course for FREE 受賞歴ありの英語学習ソフトウェアを無料でお試しください Pruebe nuestro galardonado software del idioma inglés GRATIS

(And see how easy it actually is to learn Italian... even if you've tried and failed before) (そして英語学習がどれだけ簡単か、肌で感じてみてください…今までに失敗したことのある人でもそれが分かるでしょう) (Y vea qué tan fácil es en realidad aprender inglés… aún si lo ha intentado y fallado antes)