Persian Lesson 23 – How to Use Nouns with Adjectives, use /ye/ or /-e-/

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Last week, we learned how to use a noun with an adjective. As you remember, unlike English, adjectives come after nouns in Persian and there can be two conjunctions between nouns and adjectives: /ye/, and /-e-/ sounds. Today we are going to practice more with this to make sure that everything is clearly understood.

Small = /ku:chæk/.


Big = /bozorg/.


Beautiful = /ghæshæng/.


Ugly = /zesht/.


Good = /khu:b/.


Bad = /bæd/.


Flower = /gol/.


A small house = /kha:neh ye ku:chæk/.

Khaneh ye kuchak

A small car = /ma:shin-e- ku:chæk/.

Mashin e kuchak

A small book = /keta:b-e- ku:chæk/.

A small bridge = /pol-e- ku:chæk/.

A small flower = /gol-e- ku:chæk/.

A big house = /kha:neh ye bozorg/.

Khaneh ye bozorg

A big car = /ma:shin-e- bozorg/.

A big book = /keta:b-e- bozorg/.

A big bridge = /pol-e- bozorg/.

A big flower = /gol-e- bozorg/.

A beautiful house = /kha:neh ye ghæshæng/.

Khaneh ye ghashang

A beautiful car = /ma:shin-e- ghæshæng/.

A beautiful flower = /gol-e- ghæshæng/.

A beautiful bridge = /pol-e- ghæshæng/.

An ugly house = /kha:neh ye zesht/.

Khaneh ye zesht

An ugly car = /ma:shin-e- zesht/.

An ugly flower = /gol-e- zesht/.

An ugly bridge = /pol-e- zesht/.

A good house = /kha:neh ye khu:b/.

Khaneh ye khub

A good book = /keta:b-e- khu:b/.

A good car = /ma:shin-e- khu:b/.

A good flower = /gol-e- khu:b/.

A good bridge = /pol-e- khu:b/.

A bad house = /kha:neh ye bæd/.

Khaneh ye bad

A bad car = /ma:shin-e- bæd/.

A bad flower = /gol-e- bæd/.

A bad bridge = /pol-e- bæd/.

Note: in all the above phrases, ‘a’ does not mean ‘one’. Rather it’s an ‘indefinite article’. We could put /yek/ in front of all the above Persian phrases or /i:/ sound at the end of adjectives if ‘a’ referred to ‘one’. Please look at the following examples:

A house = /kha:neh/.

I sold a house = /mæn yek kha:neh ra: foru:khtæm/. Or /mæn kha:neh i: ra: foru:khtæm/.

Man khaneh i ra foroukhtam

Note: as you see, /i:/ comes after the noun.

I sold a beautiful house = /mæn yek kha:neh ye ghæshæng ra: foru:khtæm/. Or /mæn kha:neh ye ghæshængi: ra: foru:khtæm/.

Man khaneh ye ghashangi ra foroukhtam

Note: as you see, /i:/ comes after the adjective, not the noun.


I bought a small house last year. /mæn kha:neh ye ku:chæki: ra: pa:r sa:l khæridæm.

Man khaneh ye kuchaki ra parsal kharidam

Or /mæn yek kha:neh ye ku:chæk ra: pa:r sa:l khæridæm/.

To receive = /dærya:ft kærdæn/.

Daryaft kardan

I received a beautiful flower yesterday. /mæn gol-e- ghæshængi: ra: diru:z dærya:ft kærdæm/. Or /mæn yek gol-e- ghæshæng ra: diru:z dærya:ft kærdæm/.

My friend built an ugly house two years ago. /du:stæm kha:neh ye zeshti: ra: do sa:l-e- pish sa:kht/.

Dustam khaneh ye zeshti ra do sal e pish sakht

Or /du:stæm yek kha:neh ye zesht ra: do sa:l-e- pish sa:kht/.

All right, that’s all we have to learn today. Please don’t forget your support.

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Lesson 23