The adjectives of color in Italian: singular and plural

The adjectives of color in Italian: singular and plural

We all know how to use adjectives, but how do we use the adjectives of color in Italian? We might think we’ll have to use them like any normal adjective, but this is not always the case.

 

Before diving into this lesson, you can have a look at this video about colors in Italian.

 

In this video lesson we’re going to see how to form the plural of these colors:

 

  • nero (black)
  • arancione (orange)
  • azzurro (light blue)
  • verde (green)
  • viola (purple)
  • rosa (pink)
  • marrone (brown)
  • blu (blue)

 

Here are a few sentences with these colors:

 

Ho comprato due biciclette nere.

I bought two black bikes.

 

Ho preso due magliette arancioni.

I took two orange t-shirts.

 

Prendi i guanti azzurri o i guanti verdi?

Are you taking the light blue gloves or the green gloves.

 

Ti piacciono queste calze viola?

Do you like these purple socks?

 

Questi fiori rosa sono bellissimi.

These pink flowers are beautiful.

 

Preferisci i pantaloni marroni o i pantaloni blu?

Do you prefer the brown trousers or the blue trousers.

 

THE ADJECTIVES OF COLORS IN ITALIAN

SINGULAR AND PLURAL

 

 

In this table you can see the singular form of these adjectives of colors and the plural form, which we used in the above examples:

 

SINGOLARE PLURALE SINGOLARE PLURALE
nera  nere marrone marroni
azzurro  azzurri viola viola
arancione arancioni rosa rosa
verde verdi blu blu

 

As you can see, colors ending with an -o or an -a in their singular form, change in -i or -e in their plural form:

 

nera  > nere

azzurro > azzurri

 

Colors ending with -e in their singular form, change in -i in their plural form:

 

arancione > arancioni

verde > verdi

marrone > marroni

 

Colors like viola, rosa and blu don’t change in their plural form:

 

viola > viola

rosa > rosa

blu > blu

 

Now that you know how to form the plural of the adjectives of color in Italian, play the game below to practice.

Remember that the more you practice, the better you will get. 😉

 

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