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Adjective Order in Italian Posted by on Jul 2, 2014

Dear readers, your questions really do help us to focus on what’s important to you as students of Italian, so please keep them coming. Here’s an interesting one that arrived a few days ago from a reader called Patsy: “Could you give me any advice on adjective order in the case of multiple adjectives? It…

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A Big Brush … or a Great Brush? Posted by on Mar 24, 2014

Getting adjectives in the correct position in Italian is very important because in certain cases it can completely change the meaning of the sentence. A great example of this is the classic television advert for Boldrini’s Cinghiale paint brushes. Vigile: “Ma cosa fa con quell’arnese? Ostacola il traffico!” Imbianchino: "Devo dipingere una parete grande e…

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Mind where you put your adjectives! Posted by on Sep 19, 2009

At the end of my previous blog dealing with  adjectives and their positions I said: “Finally, there are some cases in which adjectives change meaning according to their position, but I will save that for a rainy day!” Well il giorno piovoso (the rainy day) has finally arrived after almost two months of siccità (dryness), so…

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Adjectives and their position Posted by on Aug 17, 2009

A few weeks ago in my blog Esprimiti – part 1 I wrote: Siamo entusiasti della nostra nuova casa (we are delighted with our new house), which prompted the following question from Vince: “‘nuova casa’.  That’s how we say it in English.  Do Italians now put adjectives in front of nouns with there being no change in meaning?  Is there a…

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