Why is it grand-chose and not grande-chose?

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Dory

Kwiziq community member

29 December 2017

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Why is it grand-chose and not grande-chose?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Ne ... pas grand-chose = Not much (negation)"

Jim

Kwiziq community member

30 December 2017

30/12/17

Because grand-chose in an adverb and not a noun.

Dory

Kwiziq community member

1 January 2018

1/01/18

Thanks for your reply Jim and happy new year!

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

28 February 2018

28/02/18

Hi Dory,

I can see your point since "chose" being feminine the logical deduction would be that "grand" should be "grande".

However, the expression "pas grand-chose " is always like that. Apparently in olden French it would have been spelt "grand'chose" which normally indicates there's a letter missing but in modern French we just accept the expression is "grand-chose" and don't bat an eyelid!

Hope this helps!

 

 

Dory

Kwiziq community member

2 March 2018

2/03/18

Thanks Cécile, that's helpful. Does the same go for grand-mère?

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