agreement of adjectives when two adjectives describe the same noun

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Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

11 August 2017

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agreement of adjectives when two adjectives describe the same noun

Bonjour! I thought that if two adjectives were being used to describe the same noun, then you wrote these adjectives both in the masculine form, even if the noun is feminine, e.g. Elle a acheté une nouvelle robe blanc et noir. Yet, the correct answer in a quizz I did was "les canines blanches et pointres", not "blancs et pointres". Can someone please explain this? Cheryl.

Ron

Kwiziq community member

12 August 2017

12/08/17

Bonjour Cheryl, I am unaware of a grammar rule that specifies two adjectives used to describe the same noun being in masculine form, even if the noun is feminine. In the example given, «les canines» refers to the canine teeth which are feminine and hence the adjectives would agree in the feminine endings. Bonne chance,

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

30 December 2018

30/12/18

Hi Cheryl

Just to add to what Ron said - your first example would be,  une robe blanche et noire.

I think the rule you are thinking off is when  you use a modified colour like light /dark/royal/navy blue...

Then there is no agreement. i.e. 

Des yeux bleu clair

Une robe bleu marine

Hope this helps!

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