Difference between nouveau and neuf

AlanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Difference between nouveau and neuf

Asked to translate, “L’Oréal are selling a new product,” the correct answer given is “L'Oréal vend un nouveau produit” I assume that this product is new on the market, in other words a new creation. Why then is the correct answer not, “produit neuf”?

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Alan, 

You will use 'neuf' for something 'brand new' in other words it has not belonged to anyone else.

So when a company launches a new product, it is new in the sense that it is different from all the others. 

Renault sort un nouveau modèle électrique cette année = Renault is launching a new electric model this year 

J'ai acheté une Renault Zoë neuve = I have bought a brand new Renault Zoë

Take a look at the following lesson with lots more examples -

Neuf vs nouveau to say new in French

Hope this helps !

Difference between nouveau and neuf

Asked to translate, “L’Oréal are selling a new product,” the correct answer given is “L'Oréal vend un nouveau produit” I assume that this product is new on the market, in other words a new creation. Why then is the correct answer not, “produit neuf”?

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