I guess you’re here because you want to start describing things? Great! We all need to know how to describe things, you liked the food? Why did you like the food? Was it delicious?

La comida es deliciosa
The food is delicious

Let’s look at word orders. In English, we would say ‘The delicious food’. This is where you need to change the way you think when speaking Spanish. In Spanish, we would say ‘La comida deliciosa’ which literally translates to ‘The food delicious’.

La comida deliciosa
The delicious food

Let’s try some colours, if you haven’t yet looked at colours in Spanish, please check out the post Colours.

La cama roja
The red bed

El coche rojo
The red car

Most adjectives in Spanish come after the noun. Adjectives that always come after the noun are colours, adjectives that modify a noun (for example the red car, the famous man, the difficult word) and nationalities, religions and groups (for example the British author, the Italian food, the Protestant church)

There are also some adjectives that come before the noun but they are always non-descriptive (For example muchas casas).

This is where it can get complicated. Changing the position of the adjective can change the meaning of the sentence.

Mi vieja amiga

My old friend (as in, “long time no see!”)

Mi amiga vieja
My old friend (meaning, my friend is elderly)

In a nutshell, non-descriptive adjectives come before the noun, and adjectives that describe the noun come after the noun.

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