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Noun ending

nicole r.A2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Noun ending

Hello,

I have a question. My practice sentence is she cancels the trip. My answer was Elle annule la voyage but the correct answer is le voyage. 

My question is why is voyage with a masculine ? When the ending is age which is feminine.


Thanks

Nicole

Asked 3 years ago
Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Le voyage is correct. See link - not all words ending in -age are masculine, but many are. «-age» is not a 'feminine' adjectival ending.  There is no ending that is absolutely 100% predictive of the noun gender as far as I am aware.

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/how-to-identify-gender-by-some-word-endings

 

(PS - Asking 'why' to the gender of French nouns is mostly an exercise in frustration!  It is mostly a matter of just asking and learning 'what/which' gender as you go. Some nouns of same spelling differ in meaning by gender).

nicole r.A2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you that was actually my mistake I wrote it down wrong in my notes.

Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

We have all been there! And, I should modify my answer - after writing it I recalled a reference on FrenchQuiz (Twitter - Laura Lawless) to «-isme» words all being masculine

 Here is a link to the supporting article:  https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/masculine-noun-endings/?fbclid=IwAR1F1JjhhUdaIpuv_OqCMtCm7InhfEIzNe4krvDYT6CK5gWaScBioczLICU

Just proves that there is an exception to every rule, but not every exception gets another exception ! Unless someone can find an exception that disproves this, at least there is a small area of certainty here.

Noun ending

Hello,

I have a question. My practice sentence is she cancels the trip. My answer was Elle annule la voyage but the correct answer is le voyage. 

My question is why is voyage with a masculine ? When the ending is age which is feminine.


Thanks

Nicole

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