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Gender - masculine, feminine

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Remembering gender

Here are some tips to help you memorise if a noun is masculine or feminine.

Masculine nouns end with:

  • -age - le fromage, le garage… (exceptions - la page, la nage, l'image, la cage, la plage)
  • -ment - le médicament, le monument...
  • -eau - le couteau, le bureau...
  • -phone - le téléphone...
  • -scope- le téléscope...
  • -isme - le socialisme...

Feminine nouns end with:

  • -tion - la situation, la solution...
  • -sion - la télévision, la décision...
  • -té - la beauté, la société... (exceptions - le côté, l'été, le pâté, le comité, le député)
  • -ette - la bicyclette, la trompette...
  • -ance - la dépendance, la connaissance...
  • -ence - la différence...
  • -ure - la nourriture, la culture...
  • -ode/ -ade/ -ude - la méthode, la salade, la certitude...

In French you use le, la, l' and les to emphasise things you like or dislike. For example, to say, 'Do you like music?', you'll need to add the article: Tu aimes la musique?

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