Zaitan for English speakers: Lesson 3

How to agree adjectives with nouns and how to decline nouns to gender

There are three paradigms: O-A, E-A and O-E (plus the neuter paradigm (no agreement)).

Adjectives almost always follow the O-A paradigm.

?Feminine of Bello|bella

Graded (Augmentated or Diminished (we will study them later)) nouns and almost always follow the O-A paradigm as well.

?Masculine of Gatita|gatito

Stems that end I tend to follow the O-A paradigm, and stems that end in U tend to follow the E-A paradigm.

Words that end in -ORE follow the E-A paradigm. They are usually associated with Professions, like Professore/Professora (teacher)

?Masculine of Jocatora|jocatore

Except Agtore (actor), which become Agtriz (actress) as feminine.

Animals usually follow the O-A paradigm.

Except Elephant: Elephante/Elephanta. (E-A)

Except Dog: Cano/Cane (O-E)

(There might be more exceptions)

?Faminine of Gato|gata

Or they can use literally the words masuline and feminine with them. Like Uncia Mascio and Uncia Femea.

?Masculine of Leopardo Femea|leopardo mascio

Neuter adjectives will almost always end in E or in a consonant. Grand is a neuter adjective.

?Feminine of Grand|grand

Words that end in ISTA are also neuter.

?Masculine of Dentista|dentista

You will rarely see feminine words that end in O, but they can accour when you have an shortenings like Photo (photograph) and Moto (motorcycle)


You have already studied Plurals and Gender. Now for learning the 11 pure articles, you need to remind yourself of articles in English.

In English, we distinguish between The (definite) and A(n) (indefinite). You already know how to use them.

And we distinguish between A (consonantal) and An (vocalic). You also know how to use them.

In Zaitan, the articles are

Le (consonantal singular masculine definite)

La (consonantal singular feminine definite)

El (vocalic singular masculine definite)

Al (vocalic singular feminine definit)

Les (consonantal plural masculine definite)

Las (consonantal plural feminine definite)

Un (vocalic singular masculine indefinite)

Uno (consonantal singular masculine indefinite)

Une (consonantal singular feminine indefinite)

Unus (consonantal plural masculine indefinite)

Unis (consonantal plural feminine indefinite)

Adjectives almost always come after the noun.

?A beautiful photograph|une photo bella

Important = Importante (neuter)

?An important actress|une agtriz importante

Fast = Veloz

?The fast motorcycles|les motos velox

Car = Carro

?A big car|un carro grand

NOTE: This appears to be the last lesson so far. The course is not marked as finished so there should probably be more lessons in the future. In the meanwhile, you might want to check out some of the other courses we have:

Introduction to Italian a course of Italian with 5 lessons produced by Linas
Latin Introductory Phrases a course of Latin with 5 lessons produced by Linas
Introduction to French a course of French with 5 lessons produced by Linas

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