Les adjectifs -position

Most adjectives are placed after the nouns they modify.

1 – However some are placed before the noun. To remember them, use the acronym BAGS, beauty, age, good and bad, size.


une belle fille, un beau chat,


un vieux chien, mon vieil ami, ma vieille voiture

Good and bad

un gentil garçon, une mauvaise idée,


un petit aéroport, une grande maison, une petite gare

2 – The position of the adjective also depends on its meaning. If the meaning is literal, it goes after the noun. If it is figurative, it goes before the noun

un triste individu = a sinister person

un individu triste = a sad person