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© and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-1 Point de départ Adjectives are words that describe people, places, and things. In French, adjectives are.

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1 © and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-1 Point de départ Adjectives are words that describe people, places, and things. In French, adjectives are often used with the verb être to point out the qualities of nouns or pronouns.

2 © and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-2 Many adjectives in French are cognates; that is, they have the same or similar spellings and meanings in French and English.

3 © and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-3 In French, most adjectives agree in number and gender with the nouns they describe. Most adjectives form the feminine by adding a silent -e (no accent) to the end of the masculine form, unless one is already there. Adding a silent -s to the end of masculine and feminine forms gives you the plural forms of both.

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5 © and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-5 French adjectives are usually placed after the noun they modify when they dont directly follow a form of être.

6 © and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-6 Here are some adjectives of nationality. Note that the -n of adjectives that end in -ien doubles before the final -e of the feminine form: algérienne, canadienne, italienne, vietnamienne.

7 © and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-7 The first letter of adjectives of nationality is not capitalized.

8 © and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-8 An adjective whose masculine singular form already ends in -s keeps the identical form in the masculine plural.

9 © and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-9 To ask someones nationality or heritage, use Quelle est ta/votre nationalité? or Tu es/Vous êtes de quelle origine?

10 © and ® 2011 Vista Higher Learning, Inc.1B.2-10 Essayez! Write in the correct forms of the adjectives. 1. Marc est _______ (timide).5. Elles sont _______ (réservé). 2. Ils sont _______ (anglais).6. Il y a des universités _______ (important). 3. Elle adore la littérature _______ (français). 7. Christelle est _______ (amusant). 4. Ce sont des actrices _______ (suisse). 8. Les étudiants sont _______ (poli) en cours.


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