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Sing. Nom.

el autor,

the author.
Object. al autor, the author.
Plur. Nom, los autores, the authors.

Object. á los autores, the authors.
Sing. Nom. el palacio, the palace.

Object. el palacio, the palace.
Plur. Nom. los palacios, the palaces.

Object. los palacios, the palaces.
Sing. Nom. el libro, the book.

Object. el libro, the book.
Plur. Nom. los libros, the books.

Object. los libros, the books.


Feminine Nouns.

las reynas,

the queens.

the nun.

Sing. Nom.



queen. Object. á la reyna, the

Plur. Nom.

Object. á las reynas, the queens.
Sing. Nom.

la monja, the nun.
Object. á la monja,
Plur, Nom. las monjas, the nuns.

Object. á las monjas, the nuns.
Sing. Nom. la casa, the house.

Object. la casa, the house.
Plur. Nom.

the houses.
Object. las casas, the houses.
Sing. Nom. la carta, the letter.

Object. la carta, the letter.
Plur. Nom. las cartas, the letters.

Object. las cartas, the letters.

las casas,


An Adjective is a part of speech, which being applied to nouns points out their qualities; therefore the name of the quality ascribed to the sub

stantive is always implied in the adjective; and from the name of this quality the adjective is generally derived. Grammarians technically call the name of the quality the abstract, that is, the quality by itself; and the adjective the concrete, that is to say, the quality conjoined to some thing ; thus valor, valour, is the abstract; and valeroso, valiant, the concrete ; and, when joined to a noun, invests it with the possession of the quality implied ; as un gefe valeroso, a valiant chief, or a chief possessed of valour.

Adjectives, like substantives, have the variation of gender, number, and case.

Examples of Nouns declined with Adjectives. Sing. Nom. el hombre hábil, the clever man.

Object. al hombre hábil, the clever man. Plur. Nom. los hombres hábiles, the clever men.

Object. á los hombres hábiles, the clever men. Sing. Nom. la muger virtuosa, the virtuous woman.

Object. á la muger virtuosa, the virtuous woman. Plur. Nom. las mugeres virtuosas, the virtuous women.

Object. á las mugeresvirtuosas, the virtuous women. Sing. Nom. la ley severa, the severe law.

Object. la ley severa, the severe law. Plur. Nom. las leyes severas,

the severe laws. Object. las leyes severas, the severe laws. Sing. Nom. el prado fertil, the fruitful meadow.

Object. el prado fertil, the fruitful meadow. Plur. Nom. los prados fertiles, the fruitful meadows,

Object. los prados fertiles, the fruitful meadows.

From the definition of the adjective which has been already given, it is evident that it never can be used in a sentence without having a substantive, either expressed or understood, to which the quality implied in the adjective is applicable. If the gender of the noun understood can be defined, the adjective is preceded by the article that the noun would require ; as el sabio ama la virtud, a wise man loves virtue ; but if the adjective qualifies some thing to which we cannot ascribe a gender, the adjective in that case is preceded by the neuter article ; as el médico le dixo que no coniera carne, pero ella hizo lo contrario, the physician told her not to eat meat, but she did the contrary.

On Comparatives and Superlatives.

Adjectives admit a variation in the manner of their signification almost peculiar to themselves ; for by the addition of certain words the adjective may be made to express its quality, as possessed in a greater or less degree by the noun which it qualifies; and this variation is called a degree of comparison.

There are two degrees of comparison, termed the comparative and the superlative.

The simple form of the adjective is called the positive.

The comparative is used to compare one part of a class with another part of the same class : as The sun is brighter than the moon, El sol es mas brillante que la luna; or one portion of a class with a portion of a different class; as The moon is brighter than diamonds, La luna es mas brillante que los diamantes ; or a portion of a class with the whole of a different class ; as The sun is brighter than precious stones, El sol es brillante que las piedras preciosas.

The superlative is used to compare a certain portion of a class with the whole of the same class ; as The sun is the brightest of all the planets, El sol es el mas brillante de todos los planetas ; Dia.


laonds are the brightest jewels, Los diamantes son las joyas mas brillantes.I

Sometimes the adjective is raised to its superlative degree without forming any comparison ; as The sun is a very bright planet, El sol es un planeta muy brillante ; Diamonds are very bright jewels, Los diamantes son piedras muy brillantes ; in this case the superlative means no more than that the quality of brilliancy is possessed by the sun and diamonds in an eminent degree.

Some adjectives are named according to their signification; as ordinal, or adjectives denoting order, such as first, second, third, &c., primero, secundo, tercero, &c.; and cardinal or numeral, that is adjectives expressing numbers; as one, two, three, &c., uno, dos, tres, &c.

Uno* dos tres quatro cinco seis siete ocho nueve diez once doce trece catorce

Cardinal Numbers.

two diez y seis sixteen
three diez


siete seventeen four diez


ocho eighteen
diez y nueve


seven veinte y uno* twenty-one
eight veinte y dos, &c. twenty-two, &c.
nine treinta

thirty ten treinta


uno* thirty-one eleven treinta


dos thirty-two twelve quarenta forty thirteen quarenta y uno* forty-one fourteen cincuenta fifty

* We may also use the comparative to compare a part with the whole of the same class; but then some words must be introduced to denote that the whole of the class is taken into the comparison ; as The sun is brighter than any other planet, El sol es mas brillante que ningun otro planeta ; Diamonds are brighter than all other precious stones, Los diamantes son mas brillantes que todas las otras piedras preciosas.

cincuenta y uno*

fifty-one sesenta

sixty sesenta y uno*

sixty-one setenta

seventy setenta y uno*

seventy-one ochenta

eighty ochenta y uno*

eighty-one noventa

ninety noventa y uno*

ninety-one ciento

a hundred ciento y uno*

a hundred and one docientos *

two hundred trecientos*

three hundred quatrocientos*

four hundred quinientos*

five hundred seiscientos*

six hundred setecientos*

seven hundred ochocientos*

eight hundred novecientos*

nine hundred mil

a thousand dos mil

two thousand veinte mil

twenty thousand cien mil

a hundred thousand docientos* mil

two hundred thousand un millon or cuento

a million dos millones or cuentos two millions tres millones or cuentos three millions un cuento de cuentos a billion dos cuentos de cuentos, &c. two billions.

Numeration. Unidad

units decena

tens centena

hundreds millar

thousands decena de millar

tens of thousands centena de millar

hundreds of thousands cuento

million decena de cuento, &c. tens of millions.

Ordinal Numbers. Primero*

first segundo*


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