Learning French will be easy even for beginners. However, you should make sure that you are confident with french adjectives and verbs from the beginning. French adjectives will be slightly different from English rules due to various factors. Let us discuss them in this article.
Effects of gender and number
In English, there will not be any change in your adjectives because of the alteration in the gender of the subject. However, French will differ from English in this aspect. All the nouns of French will be categorized either as masculine or feminine. Depending on the gender, the adjective will also get changed by the inclusion of certain letters like e and s according to various factors.
In terms of the numbers, the noun after which the adjective is about to come will provide a variation. The nouns can be either singular or plural.
As there could be number variations in these nouns along with gender variation, there are four possible forms of adjectives as follows.
• Masculine singular – you need not add anything with the adjective.
• Masculine plural – you should add an ‘s’ with the adjective.
• Feminine singular – you should go with the adjective followed by ‘e’.
• Feminine plural – you should add ‘e’ and follow it with ‘s’.
Position of French adjectives
In English, you will usually place the adjective before the noun. For instance, the adjective good will be used in a sentence like “It is a tall tower”. However, the majority of the French adjectives will come only after the noun. It is the only difference in the placement of adjectives from English. But you should keep in mind that there are some exceptions to this. Adjectives indicating the attributes like number, beauty, age, size, and goodness will come before the noun only.