Forming the singular feminine of -s ending nationality and place of origin adjectives

There are many adjectives that refer to nationalities and places of origin which end in -s.

This is how they form their feminine singular:

add an -a. 

Have a look and listen to these examples:

Gareth es galés.
Gareth is Welsh.

Seren es galesa.
Seren is Welsh.

Mi padre es inglés.
My father is English.

Mi madre es inglesa.
My mother is English.

Este torero es cordobés.
This bullfighter is from Córdoba.

Esta torera es cordobesa.
This female bullfighter is from Córdoba.

Este postre es francés.
This dessert is French.

Sylvie es una profesora francesa.
Sylvie is a French teacher.

Notice how in all the examples the feminine form always loses the accent, as the word is no longer stressed on the last syllable.

Outside this context there aren't many common adjectives of this type. 

In Spanish this type of adjective are not capitalised.

Soy Inglés
Soy inglés
I am English.

See also Forming the plural of -s ending nationality and place of origin adjectives

 

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Examples and resources

Mi padre es inglés.
My father is English.


Seren es galesa.
Seren is Welsh.


Mi madre es inglesa.
My mother is English.


Gareth es galés.
Gareth is Welsh.


Este postre es francés.
This dessert is French.


Sylvie es una profesora francesa.
Sylvie is a French teacher.


Este torero es cordobés.
This bullfighter is from Córdoba.


Esta torera es cordobesa.
This female bullfighter is from Córdoba.


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 2 answers

DeanA1Kwiziq community member

Pronunciation of examples?

In this exercise, the phrase "Este torero es cordobés." is pronounced by your recorded speaker as if the final word is spelled "cordobéz".  Which is correct?

Asked 1 month ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Dean

I changed it to a different automated voice. You were right; that one was pronouncing it a -z at the end...

!Muchas gracias!

Inma

Pronunciation of examples?

In this exercise, the phrase "Este torero es cordobés." is pronounced by your recorded speaker as if the final word is spelled "cordobéz".  Which is correct?

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ReynoldB2Kwiziq community member

How do you form the plural of nationalities?

Asked 5 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hi Reynold

Here is the lesson about the plural. 

Forming the plural of -s ending nationality and place of origin adjectives

Saludos 

Inma

How do you form the plural of nationalities?

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