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Adjectives

The adjective 'bon' (good) is often used in French. Do you remember the first sentences from page one. There, we read for example: 'J'ai un bon mari.' (I have a good husband.). In French, unlike in English, adjectives are 'declined', which means that their endings change dependent on the gender of the noun, which these adjectives modify. The rules are actually quite simple: If the noun following the adjective is feminine, one adds an 'e' to the adjective. Only some adjectives constitute exceptions to this rule. For example the feminine form of 'bon' (good) is not simply 'bone', but 'bonne' (the 'n' gets duplicated):

Je suis un bon frêre.I am a good brother.
J'ai une bonne soeur.I have a good sister.
Nous avons une bonne mère.We have a good mother.


Some other adjectives also have exceptions when forming the feminine form. The following table lists a few more frequently used adjectives. Here, the feminine form is always indicated through the parentheses:

FrenchEnglishFrenchEnglish
petit(e)smallgrand(e)big
rond(e)roundlong(ue)long
joli(e)prettybeau (belle !)beautiful
intéressant(e)interestingconfortablecomfortable
blanc (blanche !)whitenoir(e)black
délicieux (délicieuse)tastycharmant(e)charming


Exercise
Choose an adequate adjective for the following French words from the table above. Thereby, pay attention to the correct form of each adjective (masculine or feminine) and be careful with possible exceptions for the feminine forms.

Example:
le lit
confortable

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1) une robe
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2) un arbre
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3) une pomme
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4) l'oeuf
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5) un crayon
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6) le gâteau
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