I'm confused on whether I say:

Pepe es una persona buena


Pepe es una persona bueno.

(Pepe is a man, so I find the male/female agreement thing confusing when using persona)

  • Related: spanish.stackexchange.com/q/10385/12637
    – Charlie
    Commented Oct 28, 2017 at 10:37
  • Also note that plurals and verbs also agree with the noun even if the concept is plural and the noun singular/ La gente es enojada. The people are angry. Commented Oct 29, 2017 at 3:51
  • The most common way of saying this in Mexico at least would be "Pepe es [muy] buena gente." Commented Oct 30, 2017 at 4:36

1 Answer 1


Regardless of the sex of the person you are referring to, the adjective must always agree with the noun it modifies. So if "bueno" modifies "persona", and "persona" is a feminine word, the adjective must be also feminine.

Note that it is a common mistake (even for Spanish speakers) to mistake the "gender" of the words with the "sex" of the people. You can use feminine words to refer to male people (and vice versa), as in "Juan es una persona". You use "persona" (feminine) for a male person (Juan).

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