Basic Nouns and Nouns of Quantity

Basic Nouns and Nouns of Quantity - • Masculine endings...

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Basic Nouns and Nouns of Quantity All French nouns have a number (singular or plural) and a gender (masculine or feminine). Singular  articles help you to identify the gender of nouns and should be learned with the nouns they modify.  Although the gender of some nouns is quite obvious (those that refer to males are masculine, while  those that refer to females are feminine), the gender of other nouns can be tricky and must be  memorized. The following list goes into more detail about the number and gender of nouns:  Some noun endings give you a hint as to gender:
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Unformatted text preview: • Masculine endings include -acle, -age, -al, -eau, -et, -ier, -isme, and -ment. • Feminine endings include -ade, -ale, -ance, -ence, -ette, -ie, -ique, -oire, -sion, and -tion. • Some nouns can be either masculine or feminine: • artiste • camarade • collègue • concierge • élève • enfant • malade • secrétaire • touriste • Some nouns can be changed to the feminine by simply adding an -e: • un cousin → une cousine • un ami → une amie...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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