Forming the singular feminine of -e ending nationality and origin adjectives

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

These adjectives are always invariable in masculine and feminine singular.

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La herencia árabe es muy rica en España.
The Arab heritage is very rich in Spain.

La chica estadounidense es mi prima.
The American girl is my cousin.

El profesor canadiense enseña inglés en el colegio.
The Canadian teacher teaches English at school.

Roquetas de Mar es un pueblo almeriense.
Roquetas de Mar is a town in Almeria.

El guilindorro es una comida jienense.
Guilindorro is a dish from Jaen.

In Spanish this type of adjective is not capitalised.

Soy Costarricense
Soy costarricense
I am Costa Rican.

See also Forming the plural of -e ending nationality and origin adjectives.

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Roquetas de Mar es un pueblo almeriense.
Roquetas de Mar is a town in Almeria.


La chica estadounidense es mi prima.
The American girl is my cousin.


El guilindorro es una comida jienense.
Guilindorro is a dish from Jaen.


El profesor canadiense enseña inglés en el colegio.
The Canadian teacher teaches English at school.


La herencia árabe es muy rica en España.
The Arab heritage is very rich in Spain.


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