The general rule is that adjectives have to be placed after the noun. I repeat adjectives have to be placed after the noun in French, however some short and very common adjectives call B.A.G.S adjectives can be placed before the noun. Let’s have a look at them.


B for beauty: beau/belle (handsome/beautiful), joli/jolie (pretty),vilain/vilaine (naughty, ugly).

Un beau paysage: A beautiful landscape

Une belle ville: A beautiful town

Un jolie fille : A pretty girl

Exception: Laid/laide (ugly)

A for age: jeune (young), vieux/vieille (old), nouveau/nouvel/nouvelle (new).

Un jeune homme: A young man

Une vieille voiture: An old car

Une nouvelle maison: A new house

Exception: âgées (old)

Une femme âgées: An old woman

G for goodness: bon/bonne (good), meilleur/meilleure (better,best), mauvais/mauvaise (bad), gentil/gentille (kind),vrai/vraie (true), faux/fausse (fake), rare (rare).

Un bon repas: A good meal

Un meilleur ami: A best friend

Une histoire vraie: A true story

Exception: méchant (mean)

un chien méchant: a mean dog

S for size: petit/petite (small), grand/grande (tall, big), haut/haute (high), gros/grosse (fat), court/courte (short), long/longue (long).

Numerical adjectives can also be placed before the noun.

For example: Premier (first), deuxième (second) etc.

Le premier jour: The first day

Le deuxième jour: The second day


Where to place the adjectives in French ?

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