1. Magistra Weeks says:

    Hi Livia! Thank you SO MUCH for all your articles. They are helping me IMMENSELY in my first year as an elementary school Latin teacher! I am actually using parts of this article to hopefully help my students grasp adjective-noun agreement a little more fully. I’m also looking into getting some of the beginner’s Latin novellas you recommend to engage my classes more. Your website is my go-to when it comes to grammar. I can’t thank you enough! 🙂

    1. Hi Magistra Weeks, thank you for your kind words! I am thrilled to hear that my articles have been helping you and your students. I think that your students would really enjoy the novellas – I know my students definitely do! 🙂 Good luck with your teaching!

  2. Hi Livia
    Thank you for your very clear explanation of the use of adjectives. I had not understood before that adjectives of any declension can modify nouns of any declension, and that they only have to agree in case, gender and number. I have spent at least three fruitless evenings wondering why my matching of any given adjective’s declension with a noun’s declension never produced a correct answer.

    1. You are very welcome, Marian! Best of luck with your Latin studies 🙂

      1. Hi Livia
        The only instruction I’d been given about adjectives and nouns prior to my 3 fruitless evenings was that an adjective must agree with its noun in case, number and gender but that the adjective can not change its declension. I took that to mean that the declension of the adjective must match the declension of the noun. After 3 fruitless evenings of shoehorning adjectives into noun endings and getting incorrect answers I found your site and read your post about adjectives. Thanks for your detailed explanation. The proverbial light bulb went on.

  3. Livia I would appreciate an article about making Adjectives from Nouns.
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Nil, this is a great idea. I will add it to my list!

  4. hello, i have a question, how we can know a word should be in group 1 of adjective or group 2, for example when you give me an adjective, how i should know it will be in group 2 or 1 adjective?

    1. Hi Shadi, this is a great question. Basically, you need to look the adjective up in a dictionary and see how it is listed there. For instance, if the dictionary shows three forms ending in -us, -a, and -um respectively, you know it is a first and second declension adjective.

      I have written another post about finding the stem of an adjective, and this post should also help you to decide what group an adjective belongs to in the first place:


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