# what is the difference between “小さい” and “小さな”?

What is the difference between “小さい” and “小さな” in Japanese?

Basically, the meanings of “小さい” and “小さな” are almost the same.

However, there are differences in the details.

So, I’ll explain the differences.

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## 2.“小さな” is only placed before nouns.

“小さな” is only placed before a noun. But “小さい” is placed before and after a noun.

 小さい 小さな placed before and after a noun 〇　この家 は 小さい。 only placed before a noun ×　この家 は 小さな。

## 3.“小さな” is subjective

“小さい” is an objective expression, and “小さな” is a subjective expression.

 小さい 小さな objective subjective

## Summary of the differences

 小さい 小さな adjective prenominal adjective（連体詞） placed before and after a noun only placed before a noun objective subjective

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