Forming the singular masculine and feminine of regular adjectives

Regular adjectives in Spanish are those that follow this rule to form their singular:

ending -o for masculine 
ending -a for feminine
Have a look and listen to these examples:

El hombre alto.
The tall man.

La mujer alta.
The tall lady.

Notice how the endings are different on each phrase, as the first one is refering to a man (hombre) and the second one is refering to a woman (mujer).

Here are more examples:

El gato pequeño es bonito.
The little cat is cute.

Tengo una amiga simpática.
I have a friendly friend.

Este cuadro es precioso.
This picture is beautiful.

La ciudad es moderna.
The city is modern.

See also Forming regular plural masculine and feminine adjectives

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La mujer alta.
The tall lady.


Tengo una amiga simpática.
I have a friendly friend.


Este cuadro es precioso.
This picture is beautiful.


La ciudad es moderna.
The city is modern.


El gato pequeño es bonito.
The little cat is cute.


El hombre alto.
The tall man.


Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

LynA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Forming the singular masculine and feminine of regular adjectives

Question in A1 Focus Test

Mi vecina Patricia es ______.

Hola,

I put "maleduca" because it's a woman, it's singular and when "maleducar" is conjugated in El Presente, it comes up as "maleduca."  Why is it marked wrong? Why is "maleducada" the correct answer?

In relation to that, I don't feel the question has been covered well because we have not encountered that word previously and I cannot find it in any lessons on the Lawless website.

Gracias por la respuesta!

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Lyn

You don't need any conjugation here. We are asking for an adjective in the feminine singular form that agrees with the person "Patricia" which is the name of a lady; So, the adjective for "rude" in Spanish is "maleducado/maleducada". In this case you need the feminine form "maleducada".

However, I understand that this adjective may be a bit difficult to know in A1 so I added a hint that hopefuly will help.

Gracias y un saludo

Inma

Forming the singular masculine and feminine of regular adjectives

Question in A1 Focus Test

Mi vecina Patricia es ______.

Hola,

I put "maleduca" because it's a woman, it's singular and when "maleducar" is conjugated in El Presente, it comes up as "maleduca."  Why is it marked wrong? Why is "maleducada" the correct answer?

In relation to that, I don't feel the question has been covered well because we have not encountered that word previously and I cannot find it in any lessons on the Lawless website.

Gracias por la respuesta!

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