Find the best tutors and institutes for French Language

Find Best French Language Classes

Please select a Category.

Please select a Locality.

No matching category found.

No matching Locality found.

Outside India?

Search for topics

French Grammar -- Tips for Beginners (Part I)

Is French grammar deterring your progress in learning the French language? Well, you can keep aside your worries now and start learning French grammar easily. Actually, learning French grammar can be easier than you think if you know the rules right. To help you perfect your French grammar skills, we have listed few important grammar rules:

Usage of French Noun Gender – Feminine or Masculine       

Well, defining the gender of a noun in French is the persistent woes of every new French learner. In English language, when you name a chair, house, or a sweater, you don’t need to think about its gender, but in French you need to. So when you learn French nouns, it is important that you learn their gender too. One of the easiest ways to understand the noun gender concept in French is by identifying the patterns of masculine and feminine nouns. For example, nouns which ends with – ine, ise, elle, euse and ence are mostly feminine nouns, whereas words which ends with – ble, me, ste, eau, ege and ment are generally masculine nouns.

Thinking how the French noun gender got so twisted? Well, it happened several hundreds of years ago when nouns were divided into – animate and inanimate. The animate noun was further segregated into masculine and feminine and the inanimate as neuter gender. Though the English dropped the noun gender long back but the French language still follows the division of noun gender into masculine and feminine. So beginners need to learn a list of masculine and feminine nouns, to learn correct usage of the noun gender in French sentence constructions.

French Grammar Tips for Beginners

Usage of French Articles

While constructing sentences in French, ‘articles’ usually comes before nouns. French articles are different than English articles, usage of an article basically depends on – Gender (whether a noun is masculine or feminine) and Number (singular or plural). To understand better, please refer the figure below:

Definite Indefinite
 Masculine le un
Feminine la une
Plural les des

Since French nouns are divided into masculine and feminine, the definite article ‘le’ is used for masculine object and ‘la’ is used for feminine thing or person. But in case of a plural word, gender doesn’t play an important role, the definite article ‘les’ is used when referring to a group of people or objects, irrespective of any gender.

For example,

Masculine le téléphone
Plural les téléphones

Similarly, the indefinite article ‘un or une’ is used when referring to an unspecified object or person. For example, ‘un’ is used before a masculine object and ‘une’ before a feminine object and the plural ‘des’ is used when referring to a plural object or person irrespective of any gender. The English equivalent of ‘des’ is some or any.

Examples of Indefinite articles,

English French
I have a book. J’ai un livre.
You eat a banana Tu as mangé une banane.
They are friends Ce sont des amis.

Usage of French Adjectives

Learning French adjectives can be pretty tricky if you are new to French language. The reason behind this is unlike in English, the noun comes before the adjective e.g. instead of saying ‘green car’ French people would say ‘la voiture verte’ which means ‘car green’. French adjectives normally agree with gender and number of noun that they modify. However, there are exceptions to this rule.

For example, terms including

Bon (good)

Grand (big)

Petit (small)

Douce (gentle)

Excellente (excellent)

The above adjectives are used before a noun just like in English language.

Another point to remember is, there are masculine plural and feminine plural. Mostly, the adjective depends on the final letter of a word. For example, French adjectives that ends with ‘E’ are feminine and ‘S’ plural. This rule is applicable to adjective that end in vowels and consonants except the unaccented E. But you must make a note, if the masculine singular adjective ends with an unaccented ‘E’ then there is no difference between the masculine and feminine forms.

Stay tuned to us as we will published French Grammar – Tips for Beginners (Part II) soon, so that you learn every aspect of French grammar bit by bit without putting too much pressure on yourself.

And if you are looking for a French Trainer, let us know by posting your requirement here. We will help you connect with result-oriented French trainers and institutes who can make learning French easy, simple and effective for you.

How helpful was it?

How can we Improve it?

Please tell us how it changed your life *

Please enter your feedback

Please enter your question below and we will send it to our tutor communities to answer it *

Please enter your question

Please select your tags

Please select a tag

Name *

Enter a valid name.

Email *

Enter a valid email.

Email or Mobile Number: *

Please enter your email or mobile number

Sorry, this phone number is not verified, Please login with your email Id.

Password: *

Please enter your password

By Signing Up, you agree to our Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

Thanks for your feedback

Comments

Share your thoughts with the community or ask a question

Seerat 19/05/2016

How to prepare for 8 banda in Ielts,online?

Rajkmar | 15/07/2016

Thrigh hometutor
0 0

Recommended Articles

Last month, we had an exciting UrbanPro French Language - Question & Win Contest with many participating from all over the country. Our heartiest Congratulations to the Winner, MD Imran! Thank you all for taking out your time and participating in the contest. We're excited to get so many interesting French language...

Read full article >

If you think English is enough to communicate with anybody in this world, you are sadly misinformed. Statistically the highest spoken foreign language in the world is Chinese with 20.7%, followed by English at 6.2%. That means that 93.8% of people do not speak English. This makes it necessary to learn another foreign language...

Read full article >

Bilingual candidates are high on demand in multinational corporations around the world. Today, we live in a fast-paced life where business dynamics are changing every day. So organizations need people who have right language skills along with trending technical knowledge, to meet and solve business requirements. Candidates...

Read full article >

The large number of online queries regarding courses (personalized and online) on foreign languages on the ThinkVidya website prompted me to write this article. The demand is for learning many non-English languages (and/or mainly with the English language). This interest in languages is no longer solely from people...

Read full article >

Looking for French Language Classes?

Find best French Language Classes in your locality on UrbanPro.

Are you a Tutor or Training Institute?

Join UrbanPro Today to find students near you

UrbanPro.com is India's largest network of most trusted tutors and institutes. Over 25 lakh students rely on UrbanPro.com, to fulfill their learning requirements across 1,000+ categories. Using UrbanPro.com, parents, and students can compare multiple Tutors and Institutes and choose the one that best suits their requirements. More than 6.5 lakh verified Tutors and Institutes are helping millions of students every day and growing their tutoring business on UrbanPro.com. Whether you are looking for a tutor to learn mathematics, a German language trainer to brush up your German language skills or an institute to upgrade your IT skills, we have got the best selection of Tutors and Training Institutes for you. Read more