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Grammar Basics French Language

French language Basic Level

Learning French language grammar will teach you a lot about languages in general, bringing your attention to many technical things you had no idea were going on!

Plural nouns in French are just one (or some) of these things. While they’re relatively simple to get your head around, they do require a little extra attention from time to time. Different endings apply to different types of nouns

Most nouns in French language require simply an extra s to be turned from singular to plural. For example, to talk about a bunch of flowers, you would change the singular fleur (flower) to the plural fleurs (flowers). Nouns that end in vowels, however, have a few different rules.

Most nouns that end in –au take on an x to become the plural form. Bateau (boat) becomes bateaux (boats), for example.

Others, which end in –al, take on an –aux, but instead of tacking this onto the end, you actually put -aux in place of -al. For example, the word journal (newspaper) ends up being written as journaux (newspapers) in the plural.

The majority of nouns which end in s, z or x do not change when they become plural and can instead be identified by their article. Un virus (a virus), for example, becomes des virus in the plural form.

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