D'Accord 1 Leçon 3A.1

D'Accord 1 Leçon 3A.1

DAccord 1 Leon 3A.1 Descriptive adjectives (irregular adjectives, adjective placement-BAGS, and physical description.) Adjectives change spelling (and sound sometimes) depending on who or what you are describing. Observe how the spellings change

for regular adjectives Je suis branch . Je suis

branch e. Je suis = I am Je suis charman

t. Je suis charmante . Je suis

poli. Je suis polie. Je suis intelligent

. Je suis intelligent e. Some adjectives may not change

spelling. Je suis modeste . Je suis

modeste . Je suis drle. Je suis

drle. Some adjectives have endings that change a little more than others. Look at the following examples

Je suis curieux. Je suis curieus e. Je suis

gnreu x. Je suis gnreus e.

Je suis gentil. Je suis gentille. Some adjectives have completely

different masculine and feminine versions. Je suis beau. beau =

handsome Je suis belle. belle = pretty

tre to be je suis nous sommes tu es vous tes il est

ils sont elle est elles sont tre to be je suis I am

tu es you are il est he is elle est she is je ne suis pas I am not

il nest pas he is not The forms of the adjective nouveau (new) follow the same pattern as those of beau.

Other adjectives that follow the pattern of heureux are curieux (curious), malheureux (unhappy), nerveux (nervous), and srieux (serious). Position of adjectives These adjectives are usually placed before the noun they

modify: beau, bon, grand, gros, jeune, joli, long, nouveau, petit, and vieux. These forms are used before masculine singular nouns that begin with a vowel sound. BAGS

Voici une voiture franaise. Voici une petite voiture. Voici une petite voiture franaise. Paul est un garon intelligent. Paul est un beau garon. Paul est un beau garon intelligent. Beauty

beau, joli Age vieux, nouveau, jeune Goodness bon, mauvais Size grand, petit, gros, long

Position of adjectives (continued) These adjectives are also generally placed before a noun: mauvais(e) (bad), pauvre (poor, unfortunate), vrai(e) (true, real). The plural indefinite article des changes to de before an adjective followed by a noun.

Point de dpart As you learned in Leon 1B, adjectives describe people, places, and things. In French, most adjectives agree in gender and number with the nouns or pronouns they modify. Youve already learned several adjectives of nationality and some adjectives to describe your classes. Here are some

adjectives used to describe physical characteristics. Use the expression de taille moyenne to describe someone or something of medium size.

Notice that, in the examples below, the adjectives agree in gender and number with the subjects.

The adjective marron is invariable; that is, it does not agree in gender and number with the noun it modifies. The adjective chtain is almost exclusively used to describe hair color.

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