Forming regular plural masculine and feminine adjectives

Regular adjectives in Spanish follow this rule to form their plural:

  • ending -os for masculine plural
  • ending -as for feminine plural

Have a look and listen to these examples:

Los hombres son buenos.
The men are good.

Ellas son mujeres bajas.
They are short women.

Notice how the endings are different on each phrase, as the first one is refering to men (hombres) and the second one is refering to women (mujeres).

Here are more examples:

Miguel lleva pantalones cortos.
Miguel is wearing shorts. [lit: short trousers]

Estas manzanas son rojas.
These apples are red.

Tengo dos hijos guapos.
I have two handsome boys.

Compramos calabazas pequeñas.
We are buying small pumpkins.

See also Forming the singular masculine and feminine of regular adjectives

Learn more about these related Spanish grammar topics

Examples and resources

Estas manzanas son rojas.
These apples are red.


Ellas son mujeres bajas.
They are short women.


Compramos calabazas pequeñas.
We are buying small pumpkins.


Los hombres son buenos.
The men are good.


Miguel lleva pantalones cortos.
Miguel is wearing shorts. [lit: short trousers]


Tengo dos hijos guapos.
I have two handsome boys.


Q&A

Heather

Kwiziq community member

29 September 2018

4 replies

I just can’t seem to get Antiques right in Spanish, can you give me a list of them and what they each represent. Constantly getting this wrong...

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

29 September 2018

29/09/18

Hi Heather - could you elaborate on the context a bit? Do you mean with regard to the question about antique stamps, or something else? Thanks

Heather

Kwiziq community member

29 September 2018

29/09/18

yes the questions about antique stamps I keep getting wrong.  Just can seem to get the hang of this one.

Heather

Kwiziq community member

29 September 2018

29/09/18

yes the questions about antique stamps I keep getting wrong.  Just can seem to get the hang of this one.

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

30 September 2018

30/09/18

I'm not sure what you mean by your question asking for a 'list of them with meanings'?

The question is asking you to choose the correct version of adjective 'antiguo' ('antique') that 'agrees in number and gender' with the plural noun sellos ('stamps', i.e. postage stamps) which is what the lesson explains.

Nick

Kwiziq community member

9 December 2017

1 reply

Just add s

Would it be simpler to say that the plural just adds 's' to the regular masculine or feminine forms??

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

9 December 2017

9/12/17

Hola Nick, I see what you mean, but the reason the -os and -as endings are in the lesson is to differentiate them from the other possible plural ending -es that is seen later on for irregular adjectives. But yes, another way to explain the regular plurals is adding an -s to their regular -o and -a singular endings. Gracias.
Getting that for you now.