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Les articles définis (the)

October 8, 2012

In French, a noun is almost always introduced by an article or any other determiner (possessive adjective, demonstrative adjective etc.). As in English, an article may be definite (“the“) or indefinite (“a“/”an“). In French, articles agree in gender and number with the noun they introduce.

1. Forms.

Masculin singulier

Féminin singulier

Pluriel

+ consonne

+ voyelle/h

+ consonne

+ voyelle/h

LE

L’

LA

L’

LES

2. Uses.

  • To identify a specific noun.

Ex : Il ouvre la porte. He opens the door.

  • To express general truths and concepts.

Ex : L’argent ne fait pas le bonheur. Money doesn’t buy happiness.

  • With likes and dislikes.

Ex : Il déteste la pluie. He hates rain.

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Pour plus d’information :

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/det2.html

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