Cette après-midi

DeborahA2Kwiziq community member

Cette après-midi

Why is this feminine? I wrote cet après-midi, because I understood afternoon was masculine in French.

Asked 1 year ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Deborah,

You are correct that 'après-midi' can be masculine or feminine. Both options are accepted in this dictation exercise. Although L'Académie française does recommend the masculine form: as it is commonly used in the masculine form and 'midi' is masculine too - see link here: après-midi-ProjetVoltaire

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Deborah,

You raise an interesting point here.

Have a look at this link I think will help you understand:-

https://www.wordreference.com/fren/apr%C3%A8s-midi

Bonne journée

Jim

PaulC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I think “après-midi” is a unique case where we are all free to choose it to be masculine or feminine at our whim. And there is no wrong answer. (Wouldn’t it be good if there were more words like this!) So I think that “cet après-midi” and “cette après-midi” should both have been marked as correct.

Cette après-midi

Why is this feminine? I wrote cet après-midi, because I understood afternoon was masculine in French.

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