Hopefully you already know that adjectives, or "describing words", usually come AFTER the noun [see Adjectives usually go AFTER nouns in French (Position of Adjectives)], and you also know these exceptions: Position of French Adjectives - Short and common adjectives that go BEFORE nouns.
Here are other types of adjectives that are also placed BEFORE the noun.
Learn when French adjectives are placed before the noun
1. Adjectives qualifying a proper noun (starting with a capital letter):
l'extraordinaire Marie Curiethe extraordinary Marie Curie
la coquette Jacquelinethe stylish Jacqueline
l'impérial Zeusthe imperial Zeus
2. Numerical adjectives
un triple sauta triple jump
les trois amisthe three friends
un double mentona double chin
mon premier amourmy first love
la troisième coursethe third race
ses dix chienshis ten dogs
Note that cardinal numbers (un, cinq, dix, cent...) never change.
When using both "first" and a cardinal number together (e.g., the first ten years), note that in French, the cardinal number comes first.
les dix premières annéesthe first ten years
mes trois premiers exemplesmy first three examples
Note that premier agrees in gender and number.
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