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In a recent spanish reading, I came across this:

"un monstruo loco." (a crazy monster)

In other readings, I always see the adjective before the noun. Was this a mistake? If possible, please explain when I should / should not put the adjective before the noun.

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This website has plenty of good examples: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/adjective-placement

This is just one important example to remember:

  1. Limiting Adjectives

Limiting adjectives that define a number or amount of a noun, even if it is not specific, come before the noun.

Check out these examples of limiting adjectives.

examples

Los niños quieren ocho helados. The children want eight ice creams.

Tengo menos dinero que mi hermana. I have less money than my sister.

Hay pocas naranjas este verano. There are few oranges this summer.

Tienes suficiente tiempo. You have sufficient time.

Check out more examples, including the one above, here: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/adjective-placement

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