Pluriel

French Plural

In grammar, the word plural denotes a quantity of more than one (in contrast to singular, which denotes a quantity of one). For example:

  • deux livres, cent livres, beaucoup de livres - two books, one hundred books, many books
    (livres is plural, it is a plural noun)
  • trois montres, des montres, plusieurs montres - three watches, some watches, several watches
    (montres is a plural noun)
The terms singular and plural are values of the grammatical category of number. Number affects nouns (as we have already seen above), pronouns, adjectives and verbs. Here are some simple examples of plural pronouns, adjectives and verbs:
  • Nous parlons. - We speak.  
    (Nous is a plural pronoun and parlont is a plural verb.)
  • Ces femmes ont pris nos magazines. - Those women took our magazines.  
    (Ces is a plural demonstrative adjective, ont pris is a plural verb and nos is a plural possessive adjective. Femmes and magazines are plural nouns.)
  • Tous mes rêves sont bons. - All my dreams are good.
    (Tous, mes and bons are plural adjectives and sont is a plural verb. Rêves is a plural noun.)

 

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