French Adjective Agreement

French Adjective Agreement: Position and Irregular Forms (Lesson 7)

Position, Standard Forms, and Gender Agreement

Introduction

Welcome to Lesson 7! Today, we’re focusing on the standard position of adjectives in French sentences, their feminine forms, and practicing with translation exercises.


Objectives:

  • Understand the placement of adjectives in French sentences.
  • Learn how to form feminine adjectives, especially when they end in -e.
  • Practice using adjectives with nouns.

1. Position of Adjectives

In French, most adjectives are positioned after the noun. This lesson will focus on these “standard position” adjectives.

Examples :

  • Un système complexe – A complex system
  • Une structure organique – An organic structur
  • Un concept intéressant – An interesting concept
  • Un animal exotique – An exotic animal

2. Forming the Feminine of Adjectives

To form the feminine version of most adjectives, add an -e to the masculine form. If the adjective already ends in -e in the masculine form, it remains the same in the feminine.

3. Common Standard Position Adjectives

Here are 10 common adjectives, showing their masculine and feminine forms.

Adjective (English) Masculine (French) Feminine (French)
Fast rapide rapide
Slow lent lente
Magnificent magnifique magnifique
Sad triste triste
Funny amusant amusante
Interesting intéressant intéressante
Original original originale
Tiring fatigant fatigante
Easy facile facile
Difficult difficile difficile

Conclusion

Congratulations on completing Lesson 7! You’ve learned about the placement and gender agreement of adjectives in French. This knowledge is essential for creating descriptive and accurate sentences. Keep practicing, and soon these concepts will become second nature. In the next lesson, we will explore more complex sentence structures.

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