What is the difference between neuf and nouveau?

SueC1Kwiziq community member

What is the difference between neuf and nouveau?

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AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer
Bonjour Sue !

We actually have a lesson on that subject:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/how-to-say-new-neuf-versus-nouveau

Bonne journée !
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonsoir Sue, Looking at the Collins-Robert Dictionary: nouveau (nuvo, nuvɛl ) Word forms:nouvelle, nouvel, devant un nom masculin commençant par une voyelle ou un h muet, masculine plural nouveaux (remplacé) new ⇒ Il me faut un nouveau pantalon. I need some new trousers. ⇒ Elle a une nouvelle voiture. She's got a new car. (en plus) another ⇒ Il y eu un nouvel accident au carrefour. There's been another accident at the crossroads. [élève] new ⇒ Il y a un nouvel élève dans ma classe. There's a new boy in my class. (récent) new ⇒ C'est nouveau, essayez-le. It's new, try it. (= original) [idée, solution] novel neuf neuf 2 (nœf ; nœv ) Word forms:neuve adjective (= non usagé) new ⇒ des chaussures neuves new shoes (= nouveau) [regard, idées] new From studying the definitions and examples, it appears the differences are contextual, i.e. dependant on what is being described. Bonne chance.
SueC1Kwiziq community member
Merci bien,monsieur! SueMcL

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