Using nouns - Easy Learning Grammar French
- In French, all nouns are either masculine or feminine. This is called their gender. Even words for things have a gender.
- Whenever you are using a noun, you need to know whether it is masculine or feminine as this affects the form of other words used with it, such as:
- adjectives that describe it
- articles (such as le or une) that go before it
- pronouns (such as il or elle) that replace it
- You can find information about gender by looking the word up in a dictionary. When you come across a new noun, always learn the word for the or a that goes with it to help you remember its gender.
- le or un before a noun tells you it is masculine
- la or une before a noun tells you it is feminine
- We refer to something as singular when we are talking about just one of them, and as plural when we are talking about more than one. The singular is the form of the noun you will usually find when you look a noun up in the dictionary. As in English, nouns in French change their form in the plural.
- Adjectives, articles and pronouns are also affected by whether a noun is singular or plural.
TipRemember that you have to use the right word for the, a and so on according to the gender of the French noun.PreviousNext