Definite Articles

French has four definite articles which translate simply as “the” in the english language.  The french definite articles must agree in gender and in number.  Here they are:

Le, is used with masculine nouns ( ex. Le temoignage, le prophete, le maitre…)

La,  is used with feminine nouns (ex.  la bible, la lumiere, la parole…)

 

L’, is used before a singular noun (ex. L’enfant, l’anglais, l’ange). You also use l’ if the noun begins with a vowel sound.

 

Les, is always use before plural nouns (ex. les choses,  les siens, les Juifs…)

 

A good question to ask…?

 

How does one know which nouns are masculine and which are femine?

This is a difficult question to answer. However, the generally rule is that nouns that refer to males are masculine (le garcon), whereas, those that refer to females are feminine (la fille). For now, you just have to learn the definite article that goes with each one.

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2 Responses

  1. I don’t know if you are able to edit your blog entries once they are written.

    If so, you might consider adding the cedilla (la cédille) to “garcon” to make it “garçon”.

    Perhaps some accents would be good as well (prophète, maître, témoignage, lumière).

    That’s nice of you to take time to put together this blog!

  2. Thanks Arne, it is a typo. I shall revise.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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