How to use Italian Adjectives BELLO & BUONO

Adjectives in Italian are frequently used after nouns. Bello and buono are also used before nouns. In this post, you’ll learn how to use Italian Adjectives BELLO & BUONO to avoid mistakes.

ADJECTIVE BELLO

When the adjective bello comes before nouns, acts differently and follows the definite article rule.

Bello is shortened to bel when a noun begins with a consonant. Bello is apostrophized when a word begins with a vowel. The plural of bel is bei, whereas the plural of bell’ is begli.

  • When a noun begins with a consonant – but s+consonanx -/ z / ps / gn /bello is shortended in bel
  • When a noun begins with a vowel, bello is apostrophized)


✏️ More Examples:

un uomo bello

but

un bell’uomo


The plural form of bel is bei and the plural form of bell’ is begli

due bei libri ➠ due begli uomini


You may use the rule you learned to use the determinative articles to help you remember how to apply this adjective BELLO.

SINGULARPLURAL
MASCULINEil libroil bel libroi libri i bei libri
lo stadioil bello stadiogli stadii begli stadi
l’uomoil bell’uomogli uominii begli uomini

❗️ Bella, the feminine adjective, works similarly to all other adjectives.

SINGULARPLURAL
FEMININEla ragazzala bella ragazzale ragazzele belle ragazze
l’ideala bella ideale ideele belle idee


practice makes perfect How to use Italian Adjectives BELLO & BUONO

Adjective BUONO

When the adjective Buono comes before nouns, acts differently and follows the indefinite article rule.

Buono is shortened to buon when a masculine noun begins with a consonant or a vowel. Buono is used with masculine nouns starting with s+consonant, z, ps, gn and x.

The plural form is always Buoni.

Examples:

un buon libro

un buon film

un buon uomo

un buono studente


SINGULAR
MASCULINEUn bambino
Uno studente
Un buon bambino
Un buono studente
FEMININEUna ragazza
Un’amica
Una buona ragazza
Una buon’ amica
practice makes perfect How to use Italian Adjectives BELLO & BUONO

If BELLO and BUONO come after a noun, they follow the regular adjective rule.

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