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

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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 Forum 3 questions, 7 answers

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Irregular adjectives

Hola Inma,

In your response (at the bottom of this thread) you mention: "that is seen later on for irregular adjectives." I did a search for "irregular adjectives" but did not find one on this particular topic.  Can you refer me to the lesson you had in mind in your answer?

Thank you?

Nicole

Asked 3 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Nicole

There are different lessons explaining different cases of irregularities with adjectives. Here are the ones dealing with different endings for plurals:

Adjectives ending in -ar

Adjectives ending in -s (nationality and place of origin) 

Adjectives ending in -e and -a

Adjectives ending in -z and -l

Adjectives ending in -án, ón, -or

I hope these help,

Saludos

Inma

 

 

 

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you Inma for his great reply.  Have a great day!

Nicole

Irregular adjectives

Hola Inma,

In your response (at the bottom of this thread) you mention: "that is seen later on for irregular adjectives." I did a search for "irregular adjectives" but did not find one on this particular topic.  Can you refer me to the lesson you had in mind in your answer?

Thank you?

Nicole

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HeatherA1Kwiziq community member

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...

Asked 1 year ago
GruffKwiziq team member
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
HeatherA1Kwiziq community member
yes the questions about antique stamps I keep getting wrong.  Just can seem to get the hang of this one.
HeatherA1Kwiziq community member
yes the questions about antique stamps I keep getting wrong.  Just can seem to get the hang of this one.
GruffKwiziq team member

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.

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...

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NickA2Kwiziq community member

Just add s

Would it be simpler to say that the plural just adds 's' to the regular masculine or feminine forms??
Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member
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.

Just add s

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

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