Afrikaans Grammar. Adjectives

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Adjectives are describing words. The happy man. The noisy dog.

They can be used attributively (as above) or predicatively (when they follow the noun):

The man is happy.
The dog is noisy.

Here are some common adjectives used 'predicatively' illustrated with some simple sentences (also to help with vocabulary building).

The man is happyDie man is gelukkig
The car is quickDie kar is vinnig
The girl is prettyDie meisie is mooi
The dog is noisyDie hond is raserig
The house is tallDie huis is hoog
The table is bigDie tafel is groot
The cup is smallDie koppie is klein
The dog is badDie hond is stout
I am tallEk is lank
He is shortHy is kort
The hat is greenDie hoed is groen


When an adjective preceds the noun (e.i it is used attributively), it changes according to a complex set of rules.

But quite often an e is added. So look out for the e and listen out for other changes.

The quick carDie vinnige kar
The small cupDie klein koppie
The bad dogDie stoute hond
The good manDie goeie man
The tall womanDie lang vrou
The green hatDie groen hoed

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