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Unformatted text preview: Examples French Grammar • Print version • audio (info •113 kb • help) Gender of Nouns Genre des Noms Masculine [6] le cheval the horse le chien the dog le livre the book le bruit the noise Feminine la colombe the dove la chemise the shirt la maison the house la liberté liberty Common Endings Used With Masculine Nouns: le fromage -age the cheese [7] le professeur the teacher le chat -t the cat le capitalisme -isme capitalism Common Endings Used With Feminine Nouns: la boulangerie -ie the bakery la nation -ion the nation la fraternité -ite/-ité brotherhood la balance -nce the scales la fille -nne the girl -mme l’indienne -lle the Indian -r ^ Professeur can be shortened to prof (in a familiar context). While the long form, professeur, is always masculine, even when referring to female teachers, prof can be either masculine or feminine. (le prof - the (male) teacher) (la prof - the (female) teacher) '^ In this book, the definite article will come before a noun in vocabulary charts. If the definite article is l due to elision, (m) will follow a noun to denote a masculine gender and (f) will follow a noun to denote a feminine gender. G: Definite and indefinite articles The definite article In English, the definite article is always “the”. Unlike English, the definite article is used to talk about something in a general sense, a general statement or feeling about an idea or thing. In French, the definite article is changed depending on the noun's: 1. Gender 2. Plurality ...
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