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Make most adjectives plural by adding -s

That's one of the main differences between English and French: in French, adjectives (small, nice, cheap...) agree in gender and number with the thing or person they refer to. Therefore, they will be either masculine or feminine, and either singular or plural, just like nouns.

Let's see how you pluralise simple adjectives:

un grand bol mais trois grands bolsa big bowl but three big bowls

une voiture verte et deux voitures vertesa green car and two green cars

la femme française mais les femmes françaisesthe French woman but the French women

un homme fort et des hommes forts.a strong man and strong men

Note that regular adjectives take an -s in the plural form.


Case of mixed gender:

Paul est petit, Sylvia est petite : ils sont petits.Paul is short, Sylvia is short : they are short.

Ma mère et mon père sont intéressants.My mum and dad are interesting.

 

In such cases, you will use the masculine plural form of the adjective.



See also:Make most adjectives feminine by adding -e

and the more advanced: Adjectives ending in -s or -x change in the plural forms only when feminine

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

un homme fort et des hommes forts.a strong man and strong men
"Plurals in French" by www.frenchspanishonline.com
la femme française mais les femmes françaisesthe French woman but the French women
Ma mère et mon père sont intéressants.My mum and dad are interesting.
une voiture verte et deux voitures vertesa green car and two green cars
Paul est petit, Sylvia est petite : ils sont petits.Paul is short, Sylvia is short : they are short.
un grand bol mais trois grands bolsa big bowl but three big bowls

for an all female class


Ma sœur est intelligente. - Mes copines sont intelligentes aussi.My sister is clever. - My girlfriends are clever too.

for boys or a mixed group


Mon élève est intelligent. - Mes élèves sont intelligents aussi.My student is clever. - My students are clever too.

Q&A Forum 2 questions, 3 answers

AutumnA0Kwiziq community member

Adjective before and/or after its noun

Why does an adjective sometimes come before the noun it modifies, and other times it comes after?  

ex. "un grand bol..." (adjective coming before)

"une voiture verte..." (adjective coming after)

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Autumn,

as with many topics in language learning, there is no explication except: that's the way it is.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Adjective before and/or after its noun

Why does an adjective sometimes come before the noun it modifies, and other times it comes after?  

ex. "un grand bol..." (adjective coming before)

"une voiture verte..." (adjective coming after)

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AnishA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

What is the translation for "The French Men"?

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer
Bonjour Anish ! You can also simply use "les Français" as a noun to say "the French (men)", and "les Françaises" for "the French (women)". See our related lesson: Nationalities differ depending on whether you're a man or a woman (adjectives) Bonne journée !
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
les hommes français des hommes français (some french men)

What is the translation for "The French Men"?

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