Changing nouns from singular to plural

Nouns are plural when they refer to more than one thing or person, eg une fille les filles a girl – the girls.

The plural form is quite straightforward. Most French nouns add an -s to the singular to show they are plural, eg:

  • un chien (a dog) → des chiens (dogs)
  • une tortue (a tortoise) → des tortues (tortoises)

Any articles that go with the noun must also be plural. The plural articles are les(the) and des (some).

Use les or des for masculine and feminine words:

  • les garçons, les filles - the boys, the girls
  • des garçons, des filles – (some) boys, (some) girls.