French I 1. Some Basic Phrases 2. Pronunciation 3. Alphabet 4. Nouns, Articles and Demonstratives 5.

Useful Words and General Vocabulary 6. Subject Pronouns 7. To Be and to Have 8. Question Words 9. Numbers / Ordinals 10. Days of the Week 11. Months of the Year 12. Seasons 13. Directions 14. Color and Shapes 15. Weather 16. Time 17. Family and Animals 18. To Know People and Facts 19. Formation of Plural Nouns 20. Possessive Adjectives 21. To Do or Make 22. Work and School 23. Prepositions and Contractions 24. Countries and Nationalities 25. Negative Sentences 26. To / In and From places 27. To Come and to Go 28. Conjugating Regular Verbs 29. Pronominal (Reflexive) Verbs 30. Irregularities in Regular Verbs 31. Past Indefinite Tense 32. Irregular Past Participles 33. Etre Verbs 34. Food and Meals 35. Fruits, Vegetables, Meats 36. To Take, Eat or Drink 37. Quantities 38. Commands 39. More Negatives 40. Holiday Phrases 41. Places 42. Transportation 43. House 44. Furniture 45. Clothing 44. Future Tenses 47. Adjectives 48. Sports and Hobbies 49. Parts of the Body 50. Asking Questions

1. Some Basic Phrases
Bonsoir / Bonne nuit (bohn-swahr/bun nwee) Good evening / Good night (only said when going to

Bonjour (bohnzhoor) Hello / Good day Au revoir! (ohr-vwah) Goodbye! Merci beaucoup (mair-see boh-koo)

S'il vous plaît (seel voo pleh) Please Je vous en prie / de rien (In Canada: Bienvenu) (zhuh voo zawn pree/duh ree-ahn/bee-awn-vuh-

Thank you very much

new) You're welcome. Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle (muh-syuh, mah-dahm, mahd-mwah-zell) Mister, Misses, Miss Ça va? (sah vah) How are you? (informal) Ça va bien / mal / pas mal (sah vah bee-ahn/mahl/pah mahl) I'm good / bad / not bad Je suis malade (zhuh swee mah-lahd) I'm sick J'ai soif (zhay swahf) I'm thirsty Comment t'appelles-tu? (koh-mawn tah-pell tew) What's your name? (informal) Mon nom est... (mohn nohm ay) My name is... Tu es d'où? (tew ay doo) Where are you from? (informal) Où habites-tu? (ooh ah-beet tew) Where do you live? (informal) J'habite aux Etats-Unis / au Canada. (zhah-beet oh zay-tahz-ew-nee/ oh kah-nah-dah) I live in the U.S. / Canada. Tu as quel âge? (tew ah kell ahzh) How old are you? (informal)

Oui / non (wee/nohn) Yes / no Comment allez-vous? (koh-mawn tahl-ay voo) How are you? (formal) Je vais bien (zhuh vay bee-ahn) I'm fine Je suis fatigué(e) (zhuh swee fah-tee-gay) I'm tired J'ai faim (zhay fawn) I'm hungry Comment vous appelez-vous? (koh-mawn voo zah-play voo) What's your name? (formal) Je m'appelle... (zhuh mah-pell) I am called... Vous êtes d'où? (voo zet doo) Where are you from? (formal) Où habitez-vous? (ooh ah-bee-tay voo) Where do you live? (formal) Je suis des Etats-Unis / du Canada. (zhuh swee day zay-tahz-ew-nee/dew kah-nahdah) I am from the United States / Canada. Vous avez quel âge? (voo za-vay kell ahzh) How old are you? (formal) J'ai (zhay I am ans. awn) years old.

Parlez-vous français?

Parles-tu anglais?

(par-lay voo frahn-say) Do you speak French? (formal) Italien, Allemand, Espagnol (ee-tahl-ee-ahn, ahll-uh-mawn, es-pahn-yol) Italian, German, Spanish Je parle... (zhuh parl) I speak... Je (ne) comprends (pas) (zhuh nuh com-prawn pah) I (don't) understand Excusez-moi / Pardonnez-moi (eg-scew-zay mwah/par-dohn-ay mwah) Excuse me / Pardon me A tout à l'heure / A bientôt (ah too tah luhr/ah bee-ahn-toh) See you later / See you soon Je t'aime (zhuh tem) I love you (singular)

(parl tew on-glay) Do you speak English? (informal) Russe, Japonais, Chinois (rooss, zhah-po-neh, shee-nwah) Russian, Japanese, Chinese Je ne parle pas... (zhuh nuh parl pah) I don't speak... Je (ne) sais (pas) (zhuhn say pah) I (don't) know Je regrette / Je suis désolé(e) (zhuh re-gret/zhuh swee day-zoh-lay) I'm sorry Salut (sah-lew) Hi / Bye Je vous aime (zhuh voo zem) I love you! (plural)

2. Pronunciation
French letter(s) a, à, â e, è, ê, ai, ei, ais i, y o o ou oy, oi u u + vowel c (before e, i, y) ç (before a, o, u) c (before a, o, u) g (before e, i, y) ge (before a, o) g (before a, o, u) gn English Sound ah eh ee oh shorter and more open than aw in bought oo wah ew wee s s k zh zh g nyuh

é, et, and final er and ez ay

like ay. ces. skuh. as in bed. and pronounced like eh. not eel ah duh bohn ko-pahn) il y a d(e). final q r s (between vowels) th x silent zh k rolled z t ekss. R. mon. and soixante in liaisons. not soo luh bewr-oh) il a d(e) bons copains (eel ahd bohn ko-pahn. as in hoot. dans un livre) after some one syllable adverbs (très.note the change of the pronunciation of the j as well) 3. de n(e) (zhuhn. pas d(e). lent(e)ment. petits enfants) after one syllable prepositions (en avion. slur the two together as if it were one word. The long and short e are relatively easy to pronounce. je les ai) after a preceding adjective (bon ami. des. The long u is pronounced oooh. plewd. More about Pronunciation 1. F or L (except verbs that end in -r) you usually pronounce the final consonant. as in play. pahd. chez l(e) docteur (pronounced sool bewr-oh... . quels) before or after a pronoun (vous avez. round your lips as if to whistle. intonation only rises for yes/no questions. bien) after est It is optional after pas. The "slurring" that I mentioned is called liaison. or plew duh) je n(e). The short u does not exist in English though.. dix. so if a word ends in a consonant that is not pronounced and the next word starts with a vowel or silent h. not ra-peed-uh-mawn) sous l(e) bureau. . les. 2. In general. not zhuh nuh or duh nuh) j(e) te. if a word ends in C. and the forms of être. but it is never made after et. • • • • • • rapid(e)ment. trop fort. The French slur most words together in a sentence. However. To pronounce is correctly. duhn. Two sounds that are tricky to an American English speaker are the differences between the long and short u and e. The long e is pronounced openly. except as s in six. not zhuh tuh or suh kuh . and all other times.. c(e) que (shtuh. . It is always made: • • • • • • after a determiner (words like un. plus. and then say eee. not eel ee ah duh.h j qu. like z Note: French pronunciation is tricky because it uses nasal sounds which we do not have in English and there are a lot of silent letters. sauv(e)tage (pronounced ra-peed-mawn. but sometimes it is difficult to hear the difference.. Their vowels tend to be shorter as well. it goes down at the end of the sentence. shortening the syllables and slurring more words. 4. The short e is more closed. Sometimes the e is dropped in words and phrases. pah duh. (eel yahd. plus d(e)..

an. im. -ance. And articles have to be expressed even though they aren't always in English. Nouns ending in -age and -ment are usually masculine. aon. the inprefix is pronounce een before a vowel. yn. For the most part. and you may have to repeat the article in some cases. and -ette are usually feminine. as are nouns ending with a consonant. um. em. oin. Demonstratives are like strong definite articles. and approximate pronunciations. ym. un. -tion. -té. Here are the orthographical representations. Articles and Demonstrative Adjectives All nouns in French have a gender. either masculine or feminine. ain.6. eng. Nasal means that you expel air through your nose while saying the words. -sion. so don't actually pronounce the n fully. en. ien. the nasals. a nasal is only used if the next letter is a consonant. My Representation ahn awn ohn Pronunciation an apple on the desk my own book Orthographical Representation in. oint. oing. om In words beginning with in-. yen. ein. aim. but there are some endings of words that will help you decide which gender a noun is. Nouns ending in -ure. eim. Nouns. Articles and adjectives must agree in number and gender with the nouns they modify. And of course. aen on. Otherwise. éen en. you must memorize the gender. These are what present the most problems for English speakers. am. -ence. Alphabet a b c d e f g h i ah beh seh deh uh eff zheh ahsh ee j k l m n o p q r zhee kah ell em en oh peh koo air s t u v w x y z ess teh ooh veh doo-blah-veh eeks ee-grek zed 4. 3. Definite Articles (The) Masculine Feminine Before Vowel Plural .

ce lit-ci is this bed. Subject Pronouns Subject Pronouns . Some) Masculine un lit a bed Feminine une pomme an apple Plural des gants some gloves Demonstrative Adjectives (This. while ce lit-là is that bed. Useful Words and General Vocabulary It's / That's and but now especially except of course so so not bad book pencil pen paper dog cat c'est et mais maintenant surtout sauf bien sûr pas mal le livre le crayon le stylo le papier le chien le chat say vwah-lah ay may mahnt-nawn sir-too sohf bee-ahn sir pah mal leevr krah-yohn stee-loh pah-pyaya shee-ahn shah There is/are il y a Here is/are always often sometimes usually also. That. cette pomme this/that apple Plural ces gants these/those gloves If you need to distinguish between this or that and these or those. it means ago.le lit the bed la pomme the apple l'oiseau the bird les gants the gloves Indefinite Articles (A. Il y a cinq minutes means five minutes ago. and -là to the end of the noun for that and those. ce lit this/that bed Masc. 6. comme ça kohm see kohm sah friend (masc) un ami un homme une fille un garçon une femme ewn fawn Note: When il y a is followed by a number. An. Those) Masc. 5. Before Vowel cet oiseau this/that bird Fem. These. too again late almost friend (fem) woman man girl boy voici toujours souvent d'habitude aussi encore en retard presque une amie eel-ee-yah vwah-see too-zhoor soo-vawn dah-bee-tewd oh-see awn-kore awn-ruh-tar presk ew nah-mee ah-nah-mee ah-nohm feey gar-sohn There is/are voilà quelquefois kell-kuh-fwah comme ci. you can add -ci to the end of the noun for this and these. For example.

animals. Present tense of avoir . but I will leave them out of future conjugations.) eel He ell She ohn One Note: Il and elle can also mean it when they replace a noun (il replaces masculine have (ah-vwahr) I have You have j'ai zhay We have as ah You have avons ah-vohn avez ah-vay . or to someone you don't know or who is older. be (eh-truh) I am Je suis zhuh swee We are tew ay You are Nous sommes noo sohm Vous êtes voo zett eel sohn ell sohn You are Tu es He is She is One is Il est eel ay Elle est ell ay On est ohn ay They are Ils sont They are Elles sont Past tense of être . Ils and elles can replace plural nouns as well in the same way. Future Tense of être . the people.) Elles ell They ( be I was (being) j'étais zhay-teh ay-teh We were (being) You were (being) nous étions ay-tee-ohn vous étiez ay-tee-ay You were (being) tu étais He was (being) il était ay-teh She was (being) elle était ay-teh One was (being) on était ay-teh They were (being) ils étaient ay-teh They were (being) elles étaient ay-teh Note: Je and any verb form that starts with a vowel (or silent h) combine together for ease of pronunciation. or you. Tu is used when speaking to be I will be je serai suh-reh We will be You will be nous serons suh-rohn vous seriez suh-ree-ay You will be tu seras suh-rah He will be il sera suh-rah She will be elle sera suh-rah One will be on sera suh-rah They will be ils seront suh-rohn They will be elles seront suh-rohn Note: You must use the subject pronouns. or close friends and relativs. and elle replaces feminine nouns) instead of a person's name. Vous is used when speaking to more than one person. On can be translated into English as one. 7. we. Notice there are two ways to say you.Je Tu Il Elle On zhuh I tew Nous noo We You (informal) Vous voo You (formal and plural) Ils eel They (masc. To Be and To Have Present tense of être .

to be in agreement être sur le point de .to be hot avoir froid . Ils ont be late être en avance . You were be hungry avoir soif . Vouz aviez tort. We/you/they/the people are back. Question Words Who What Why When Where How How much / many Which / what Qui Quoi Pourquoi Quand Où Comment Combien Quel(le) kee kwah poor-kwah kawn ooh kohn-mawn kohn-bee-ahn kehl . She will have a cold nous + être (un jour) . They were afraid yesterday. Elles avaient peur hier. It is be ashamed avoir besoin de . Elles étaient sur le point de partir. Elle sera d'accord. Vous étiez enrhumé. be in the act of être enrhumée .to feel like avoir de la chance .to be early être d'accord . He will be tired tonight. On est de be sleepy avoir honte .to be afraid avoir raison . Tu avais raison. Elle a de la chance! She's lucky! Nous aurons faim plus tard. We will be hungry later. Il aura sommeil ce soir. I'm cold. Nous sommes lundi. You had a cold. They are be back être en retard . They will be (in the act of) studying. They were about to leave. You were early. Ils seront en train d'é need avoir l'air de .to be wrong avoir faim .He/she has a ah They have ont ohn Past tense of avoir .to look have I had You had j'avais zhah-veh avais ah-veh ah-veh We had You had avions ah-vee-ohn aviez ah-vee-ay He/she had avait They had avaient ah-veh Future tense of avoir .to be (a day) Je suis en retard! I'm late! Tu étais en be right avoir tort .to be about to être en train de .to have I will have You will have j'aurai zhoh-reh auras oh-rah oh-rah We will have You will have aurons oh-rohn aurez oh-ray He/she will have aura They will have auront oh-rohn Avoir and être are used in many common and idiomatic expressions that should be memorized: avoir chaud .to be lucky J'ai be thirsty avoir sommeil . seem avoir envie de . être de retour . You were be cold avoir peur .

9. Numbers / Les numéros Zero One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve Thirteen Fourteen Fifteen Sixteen Seventeen Eighteen Nineteen Twenty Twenty-one Twenty-two Twenty-three Thirty Thirty-one Thirty-two Forty Fifty Sixty Seventy Seventy-one Seventy-two Eighty Eighty-one Eighty-two Ninety Zéro Un Deux Trois Quatre Cinq Six Sept Huit Neuf Dix Onze Douze Treize Quatorze Quinze Seize Dix-sept Dix-huit Dix-neuf Vingt Vingt et un Vingt-deux Vingt-trois Trente Trente et un Trente-deux Quarante Cinquante Soixante Soixante-diz Soixante et onze Soixante-douze Quatre-vingts Quatre-vingt-un Quatre-vingt-dix zay-roh ahn duh twah kat sahn seess set weet nuhf deess ohnz dooz trehz kah-tohrz kanz sez dee-set deez-weet deez-nuhf vahn vahn tay ahn vahn duh vahn twah trawnt trawnt ay uhn trawnt duh kuh-rawnt sank-awnt swah-ssawnt swah-ssawnt deez seh-tahnt swah-ssawnt ay ohnz swah-ssawnt dooz ka-truh vahn weet-ahnt ka-truh vahn tahn ka-truh vahn deez noh-nahnt (Belgium & Switzerland) Septante (Belgium & Switzerland) Huitante Quatre-vingt-deux ka-truh vahn duh (Belgium & Switzerland) Nonante .

80. you must drop it before adding the -ième. 8. 10. After a q. and 10 are used before a word beginning with a consonant. you must add a u before the -ième.00 in English. when the numbers 5. But if a number ends in an e. And an f becomes a v before the -ième. and 90. their final consonants are not pronounced.Ninety-one Ninety-two One Hundred Two Hundred Thousand Two Thousand Million Quatre-vingt-onze Cent Deux cents Mille Deux mille Un million ka-truh vahn ohnz sawnt sawnt ahn duh sawnt duh sawnt ahn meel duh meel ahn meel-ee-ohn Quatre-vingt-douze ka-truh vahn dooz One Hundred One Cent un Two Hundred One Deux cent un Note: French switches the use of commas and periods. 6. huitante and nonante in place of the standard French words for 70. Ordinal Numbers first second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth eleventh twelfth twentieth thirtieth premier. Belgian and Swiss French use septante. Days of the Week / Les jours de la semaine Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday lundi mardi mercredi jeudi vendredi lahn-dee mahr-dee mare-kruh-dee zhuh-dee vahn-druh-dee .00 would be 1. Also. 1. première deuxième troisième quatrième cinquième sixième septième huitième neuvième dixième onzième douzième vingtième trentième twenty-first vingt et unième Note: The majority of numbers become ordinals by adding -ième.

" use en before the month as in "en mai. such as "on Monday. such as "in May.Saturday Sunday day week today yesterday tomorrow samedi dimanche le jour la semaine aujourd'hui hier demain sahm-dee dee-mahnsh luh zhoor lah suh-men oh-zhoor-dwee ee-air duh-mahn Note: Articles are not used before days. except for the first of the month: le premier mai but le deux juin. Also note that days of the weeks and months of the year are all masculine and not capitalized in French. as in "le lundi") 11." (you would use le before the day." With dates. except to express something that happens habitually on a certain day. Seasons / Les saisons Summer l'été Fall Winter Spring l'automne l'hiver lay-tay loh-tohn lee-vair in the summer en été in the fall in the winter en automne en hiver awn ay-tay aw noh-tohn aw nee-vair le printemps luh prahn-tawn in the spring au printemps oh prahn-tawn 13. Directions / Les directions . the ordinal numbers are not used. Months of the Year / Les mois de l'année January February March April May June July August September October November December Month Year janvier février mars avril mai juin juillet août septembre octobre novembre décembre le mois zhan-vee-ay fay-vree-ay marz ah-vril may-ee zhwahn zhwee-ay oot sep-tawm-bruh ahk-toh-bruh noh-vawm-bruh day-sawm-bruh luh mwah l'an / l'année lawn/law-nay Note: To express in a certain month. 12.

hot cloudy beautiful mild stormy Il fait bon. Il fait mauvais Il fait frais Il fait froid Il fait chaud Il fait nuageux Il fait beau Il fait doux Il fait orageux eel fay bohn moh-vay fray fwah shoh noo-ah-zhuh boh dooh oh-rah-zhuh . Colors and Shapes / Les couleurs et les formes Red rouge roozh oh-rahnzh zhohn vehr/t bluh poo-pruh vee-oh-leh/lett square circle triangle le carré le cercle le triangle kah-ray sair-kluh tree-awn-gluh Orange orange Yellow jaune Green Blue Purple White Brown Black Pink Gold Silver Gray vert/e bleu/e pourpre violet/te rectangle le rectangle ruhk-tawn-gluh oval cube sphere cylinder cone octagon box l'ovale le cube la sphère le cylindre le cône l'octogone une boîte loh-vahl kewb sfair see-lahn-druh kohn ok-toh-gohn bwaht blanc/he blawn/sh brun/e marron noir/e rose doré/e brahn/brewn mah-rohn nwahr roze doh-ray argenté/e ahr-zhawn-tay gris/e gree/z Note: In French. nouns and adjectives have a gender. bad cool cold warm. Almost all adjectives agree in gender and number with the noun they modify (except marron and orange. verte is the feminine form. 15. as well as colors that are modified with the words clair-light and foncé-dark) and most are placed after the noun. Ex: vert/e = vert is the masculine form of green. Un carré brun would be a brown square and une boîte noire would be a black box.North le nord luh nor South le sud luh sewd East l'est lest West l'ouest lwest 14. Weather / Le temps What's the weather like? Quel temps fait-il? kell tawn fay-teel It's nice.

16. maman la belle-mère le père. papa fah-mee pahr-awn grawn-pahr-awn pahr-awn mehr. In Canada.... one o'clock two o'clock Noon Midnight one o'clock sharp four o'clock sharp twelve thirty six thirty a quarter to seven five twenty ten fifty in the morning/AM in the evening/PM Quelle heure est-il? Il est.. ma-ma bell-mehr pehr. but in France it is common. Time / Le temps What time is it? It is. du is often not said. pa-pa .) 17.sunny windy foggy snowing raining freezing Il fait (du) soleil Il fait du vent Il neige Il pleut Il gèle eel fay (dew) so-lay vawn eel nezh pluh zhell Il fait du brouillar d broo-ee-yar Note: The du in "il fait (du) soleil" is optional. une heure deux heures midi minuit une heure précise quatre heures précises midi (minuit) et demi six heures et demie cinq heures vingt onze heures moins dix du matin du soir kell urr ay-teel eel ay oon urr duh zurr mee-dee meen-wee twa zurr ay car oon urr pray-sees ka-truh urr pray-sees meee-dee (meen-wee) ay duh-mee see zurr ay duh-mee sank urr vahn ohnz urr mwan dees doo mah-tahn duh lah-pray mih-dee doo swahr a quarter after three trois heures et quart sept heures moins le quart set urr mwahn luh car in the afternoon/PM de l'après-midi Note: Official French time is expressed as military time (24 hour clock. Family and Animals / La famille et les animaux Family Relatives Grand-parents Parents Mom Stepmother/Mother-in-Law Dad la famille des parents les grands-parents les parents la mère.

Stepfather/Father-in-Law Daughter Son Sister Half/Step Sister Sister-inLaw Brother Half/Step Brother Brother-in-Law Stepson/Son-in-Law Twins (m) Twins (f) Uncle Aunt Grandmother Grandfather Cousin (f) Cousin (m) Wife Husband Woman Man Girl Boy Niece Nephew Grandchildren Granddaughter Grandson Distant Relatives Single Married Separated Divorced Widower / Widow le beau-père la fille le fils la sœur la demi-sœur la belle-sœur le frère le demi-frère le beau-frère le beau-fils les jumeaux les jumelles l'oncle la tante la grand-mère le grand-père la cousine le cousin la femme le mari la femme l'homme la fille le garçon la nièce le neveu les petits-enfants la petite-fille le petit-fils célibataire marié(e) séparé(e) divorcé(e) veuf / veuve boh-pehr fee feess sir duh-mee-sir bell-sir bell-fee frehr duh-mee-frehr boh-frair boh-feess zhoo-moh zhoo-mell ohnk-luh tawnt grawn-mehr grawn-pehr koo-zeen koo-zahn fawn mah-ree fawn ohm fee gar-sohn nee-ess nuh-vuh puh-tee-zawn-fawn puh-teet fee puh-tee feez say-lee-bah-tair mah-ree-ay say-pah-ray dee-vor-say vuhf / vuhv Stepdaughter/Daughter-in-L aw la belle-fille des parents éloignés pahr-awn zay-lwawn-yay Dog Cat Puppy Kitten Pig Rooster le chien / la chienne shee-ahn / shee-enn le chat / la chatte le chiot le chaton le cochon le coq shah / shaht shee-oh shah-tohn koh-shohn kohk .

bus boat horse knee Sing.des jeunes gens (young men). When savoir is followed by an infinitive it means to know how. They know how to swim. Formation of Plural Nouns To make a noun plural. Connaissez-vous Grenoble? Do you know (Are you familiar with) Grenoble? Oui. add an x. I know your brother. of course. Je connais ton frère. Some nouns ending in -ou add an -x instead of -s. you usually add an -s. le bus le bateau le cheval le genou Plural les bus les bateaux les chevaux les genoux There are. If a masculine noun ends in -al or -ail. But there are some exceptions: If a noun already ends in an -s. I know that your brother is named John. Tu sais où Grenoble se trouve. To Know People and Places connaître-to know people (koh-net-truh) connais koh-neh connaissons koh-nezz-ohn connais koh-neh connaissez koh-nezz-ay connaît koh-neh connaissent koh-nezz savoir-to know facts (sahv-wahr) sais sais sait say say say savons savez savent sah-vohn sav-ay sahv Note: Connaître is used when you know people or places. and un jeune homme (a young man) . le ciel (sky) . 19.les cieux (skies). some weird exceptions: un œil (eye) . Ils savent nager. add nothing. we know (are familiar with) Grenoble. . Yes. Je sais que ton frère s'appelle Jean. If a noun ends in -eu or -eau.Rabbit Cow Horse Duck Goat Goose Sheep Lamb Donkey Mouse le lapin la vache le cheval le canard la chèvre l'oie le mouton l'agneau l'âne la souris lah-pahn vahsh chuh-val kah-nahr shev-ruh lwah moo-tohn lon-yoh lon soo-ree 18.des yeux (eyes). nous connaissons Grenoble. You know where Grenoble is located. savoir is used when you know facts. change it to -aux.

mais notre sœur est célibataire. C'est ma mère et mon pè run errands faire des achats .to play (a sport) faire le sourd / l'innocent .to do the housework faire la cuisine .to take a walk faire une voyage . His grandmother is a exercise faire attention . When a feminine noun begins with a vowel. Sa grand-mère est veuve. My Your Our Your Their mon (mohn) ton Fem. isn't he? Leurs cousines sont hollandaises. n'est-ce pas? Your uncle is an architect. This is my mother and my father. To Do or Make Faire-to do. 21. Their cousins are do / study (subject) faire le ménage . Ce sont vos petits-enfants? These are your grandchildren? Mes parents sont divorcé take a trip faire les courses . ta sa votre leur Plural tes ses nos (noh) vos leurs (luhr) ma (mah) mes (may) His/Her/Its son votre leur (luhr) notre (noh-truh) notre Note: Possessive pronouns go before the stand in line . Notre frère est marié.to go shopping faire de l'exercice .20. make (fair) fais fay faisons fezz-ohn fais fay faites fait fay font fett fohnt Faire is used in expressions of weather (il fait beau) and many other idiomatic expressions: faire de (a sport) . even though amie is feminine. Ton oncle est architecte. Ma amie is incorrect and must be mon amie. Our brother is do the dishes faire une promenade . My parents are do the cooking faire la lessive . you must use the masculine form of the pronoun for ease of pronunciation. Possessive Adjectives pay attention faire la queue .to act deaf / innocent faire le (subject in school) .to do laundry faire la vaisselle . but our sister is single.

Work and School Masculine architect accountant judge business peron baker hair dresser computer programmer secretary electrician mechanic cook salesperson fire fighter plumber librarian police officer reporter factory worker banker lawyer postal worker carpenter engineer doctor nurse pharmacist psychologist dentist veterinarian taxi driver writer teacher l'architecte le comptable le juge l'homme d'affaires le boulanger le coiffeur le programmeur le secrétaire l'électricien le mécanicien le cuisinier le vendeur le pompier le plombier le bibliothécaire l'agent de police le journaliste l'ouvrier le banquier l'avocat le facteur le charpentier l'ingénieur le médecin l'infirmier le pharmacien le psychologue le dentiste le vétérinaire le chauffeur de taxi l'écrivain l'instituteur lar-shee-tekt kohn-tahbl zhoozh lohn dah-fehr boo-lawn-zhay kwah-fur proh-grah-mur suk-ray-tehr ay-lehk-tree-seeahn may-kah-neesyahn kwee-zee-nyay vawn-dur pohn-pyay plohn-byay bee-blee-oh-tehkehr lah-zhawnd pohleess zhoor-nah-leest loov-ree-ay bahn-kee-ay lah-voh-kah fah-tur shar-pawn-tyay lahn-zhay-nyur mayd-sawn lahn-feer-myay fahr-mah-see-ahn psee-koh-lohg dawn-teest vay-tay-ree-nehr shoh-furd tahksee lay-kree-vahn lahn-stee-tew-tur Feminine l'architecte la comptable la juge la femme d'affaires la boulangère la coiffeuse lar-shee-tekt kohn-tabl zhoozh fahn dah-fehr boo-lawn-zhay kwah-fur la programmeuse proh-grah-mur la secrétaire l'électricien la mécanicienne la cuisinière la vendeuse le pompier le plombier la bibliothécaire l'agent de police la journaliste l'ouvrière la banquière l'avocate la factrice le charpentier l'ingénieure la médecine l'infirmière le pharmacienne la psychologue la dentiste la vétérinaire le chauffeur de taxi l'écrivaine l'institutrice suk-ray-tehr ay-lehk-tree-seeahn may-kah-neesyenn kwee-zee-nyay vawn-dur pohn-pyay plohn-byay bee-blee-oh-tehkehr lah-zhawnd pohleess zhoor-nah-leest loov-ree-ay bahn-kee-ay lah-voh-kah fah-tur shar-pawn-tyay lahn-zhay-nyur mayd-sawn lahn-feer-myay fahr-mah-see-ahn psee-koh-lohg dawn-teest vay-tay-ree-nehr shoh-furd tahksee lay-kree-vahn lahn-stee-tew-tur .22.

I go to the university of Michigan. I study at the University of Toronto. unless they are preceded by an adjective. Je suis étudiant. There are also words that are always feminine (such as la victime) even if the person is a man. Math Algebra Calculus Geometry Economics les mathématiques l'algèbre le calcul la géométrie maht-ee-mah-teek lal-zheb kahl-kool zhay-oh-may-tree les sciences économiques see-awns ay-kon-oh-meek lawn zay-trawn-zhair lahn-gee-steek lee-tay-rah-tur fee-loh-soh-fee p-see-kol-oh-zhee see-awns poh-lee-teek ees-twahr zhay-oh-grahf-ee fees-eek bee-ol-oh-zhee shee-mee zoh-ol-oh-zhee boh-tah-neek zahr mew-zeek dahns duh-sahn pahn-tur ahn-for-mah-teek teck-no-loh-zhee lay-dew-kah-see-ohn fee-zeek la linguistique la littérature la philosophie la psychologie les sciences politiques l'histoire (f) la géographie la physique la biologie la chimie la zoologie la botanique les arts la musique la danse le dessin la peinture l'informatique la technologie Foreign Languages les langues étrangères Linguistics Literature Philosophy Psychology Political Science History Geography Physics Biology Chemistry Zoology Botany Art Music Dance Drawing Painting Computer Science Technology Physical Education l'éducation physique (f) Notice that you do not use an indefinite article before professions.) Je suis professeur.) Où est-ce que vous faites les études? Where do you study? Je vais à l'université de Michigan. Qu'est-ce que vous étudiez? What do you study? . I am a lawyer. (fem. I am a student (masc. Je fais mes études à l'université de Toronto. Qu'est-ce que vous faites dans la vie? What do you do for a living? Je suis avocate. even if the person is a woman.professor student le professeur l'étudiant proh-fuh-sur lay-tew-dee-awn le professeur l'étudiante proh-fuh-sur lay-tew-dee-awnt Note: Notice that some professions are always masculine. I am a professor.

En Dans is used to show the time when an action will begin. He can read this book in a half hour. Chez Avec implies doing something or going along with someone. I study/do math." To describe the way a person carries him/herself. de is used in phrases of manner and in many idiomatic expressions.) dew of / from / about the de + les = des day of / from / about the (pl. With this child. With: Avec vs. Countries and Nationalities / Les pays and les nationalités . A vs. no extra word is used.) In: Dans vs. Je pars dans quinze minutes. Elle me remercie d'un sourire. She thanks me with a smile. Je vais en France avec ma sœur. I'm going to France with my sister. Il marche. 23. tout est simple. while en shows the length of time an action takes. The man with the red hair is very tall. I study foreign languages and linguistics. Prepositions and Contractions among at / to / in at the house of between for parmi par-mee à chez ah shay entre on-truh pour poohr duh dawn sir ah-veck sawn from / of / about de in on with without à + le = au à + les = aux de + le = du oh oh dans sur avec sans Prepositional Contractions at / to / in the at / to / in the (pl. I'm leaving in 15 minutes. Ma spécialization est la biologie. everything is simple. Il peut lire ce livre en une demi-heure. He walks with his hands in his pockets.Quelles matières étudiez-vous? What subjects do you study? J'étudie les langues étrangères et la linguistique. De vs. My major is biology. and chez is used to mean "as far as (person) is concerned. Chez cet enfant. les mains dans les poches. 24. à is used when referring to someone's attributes. L'homme aux cheveux roux est très grand. Je fais des mathématiques.

And when you are replying "yes" to a negative question. Negative Sentences To make sentences negative. then add nothing. you use si and not oui.) Je ne suis pas suisse. I am from Canada. the ne is frequently omitted. And the definite article is not used before a language when it follows the verb parler (to speak. In spoken French. however. Je suis française. I am French (feminine. Je suis du Canada. Je ne suis pas du Mexique. simply put ne and pas around the verb. (masculine or feminine) . I am not from Mexico. they must agree with the subject of the verb (masculine vs. and singular vs. feminine. just add an -s (unless it already ends in an -s.France Switzerland Italy Germany Spain Belgium Netherlands China England Russia Poland Canada Mexico Japan Portugal Brazil Sweden Norway Finland Denmark Greece Austria Australia Africa India Ireland la France la Suisse l'Italie l'Allemagne l'Espagne la Belgique les Pays-Bas la Chine l'Angleterre la Russie la Pologne le Canada le Mexique le Japon le Portugal le Brésil la Suède la Norvège la Finlande le Danemark la Grèce l'Autriche l'Australie l'Afrique l'Inde l'Irlande frahns sweess lee-tah-lee lahl-mawn-yuh leh-spawn-yuh bell-zheek pay-ee-bah sheen lawn-gluh-tair roo-see poh-lohn-yuh kah-nah-dah meks-eek zhap-ohn pore-tew-gahl bray-zeel ay-tah-zew-nee soo-ed nor-vehzh feen-lahnd dahn-mark grehs loh-treesh loh-strah-lee lah-freek lahnd leer-lawnd français/e suisse italien/ne allemand/e espagnol/e belge chinois/e anglais/e russe polonais/e mexicain/e japonais/e portugais/e brésilien/ne américain/e suèdois/e finlandais/e danois/e frawn-say/sez sweess ee-tahl-ee-awn/enn ahl-mawn/d es-pan-yohl belzh sheen-wah/wez bree-tahn-eek an-glay/ez rewss poh-lon-ay/ez mek-see-kahn/enn zhah-poh-nay/nez por-tew-gay/gez bray-zeel-ee-awn/enn ah-may-ree-kahn/kenn soo-ed-wah/wez feen-lan-day/dez dahn-wah/wez hollandais/e oh-lawn-day/dehz Great Britain la Grande-Bretagne grahnd bruh-tawn-yuh britannique canadien/ne kah-nah-dee-awn/enn United States les États-Unis norvègien/ne nor-vehzh-ee-awn/enn grec/grecque grek autrichien/ne oh-trees-ee-awn/enn australien/ne oh-strahl-ee-awn/enn africain/e indien/ne irlandais/e ah-free-kahn/kenn ahn-dee-ahn/enn eer-lahn-day/dez Note: When the nationalities are used as adjectives. but it cannot be omitted in written French.) 25. I am not Swiss.) The masculine forms of the nationalities are also used to signify the language.) The extra ending shown above is added to signify a feminine subject. To make them plural. plural.

to get. au du come back. To Come and to Go Venir-to come (vuh-neer) viens vee-ahn venons viens vee-ahn venez vuh-nohn vuh-nay Aller-to go (ah-lay) vais vay allons ah-lohn vas va vah allez vah vont ah-lay vohn vient vee-ahn viennent vee-enn Other verbs that are conjugated like venir: tenir . cities. Je parle chinois et hold. Elles sont des Etats-Unis. The exception to the masculine beginning with a consonant rule is Texas: in / to Texas is au Texas. it is masculine. le Zaïre and le become. Louisiane. state or province ends with an e. Caroline du Nord / Sud. Elle n'est pas danoise. island. I speak Chinese and Japanese. Some cities have an article as well. w/ Vowel Masc. They are not from Portugal. le Mexique. He is Australian. Floride. devenir . and countries Places Masc. continent. Yes.Il est australien. revenir . Pennsylvanie. The exceptions are le Cambodge. we are from Brazil. They are from the United States. She is not Danish. Vous n'êtes pas du Brésil? You aren't from Brazil? Si. 26. If it ends in anything else. Je ne parle pas suèdois. Géorgie. such as La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans). and Virginie are the feminine states. Ils ne sont pas du Portugal. le Maine. obtenir . à la de la Vowel à l' de l' Plural aux des Cities à à à de de d' Countries au en en du de d' aux des aux des If the name of a country. Prepositions with American States To / In Feminine Islands Masc. nous sommes du Brésil. . To / In and From places. 27. I don't speak Swedish. the gender is feminine. w/ Consonant en à dans le From de de / d' du en / dans l' d' / de l' Californie.

Aller + an infinitive means "going to do something. We're going to Spain. general state. Venir de + an infinitive means "to have just done something.) However. I do finish finis finis finit fee-nee finissons fee-nee-sohn fee-nee finissez fee-nee-say pars pars part partir . aim. Vous venez de manger une pomme." Ils vont aller en Angleterre. I'm fine. or habitual activity. Je vais devenir professeur. You're not going to Brazil this summer. You just ate an apple. these three English present tenses are all translated by the present indicative tense in French. Comment vas-tu? How are you? Je vais bien. Il tient un crayon. Aller is also used idiomatically when talking about health. -re. Conjugating Regular Verbs in the Present Indicative Tense Verbs in French end in -er. etc. I see). Elle va parler russe. Besides the simple present tense (I write. He's holding a pencil. 28. I am running. there are two other forms of the present tense in English: the progressive (I am writing. The verb before it is conjugated is called the the stem. I'm going to become a professor. love j'aime zhem aimes em aime em aimons aimez aiment em-ohn em-ay em vendre . She's going to speak Russian. Nous allons en sell vends vawn vendons vawn-dohn vends vawn vendez vend vawn-day vawn vendent vawn finir . Tu ne vas pas au Brésil cet été. I run.Je viens des Etats-Unis.) and the emphatic (I do write.) The present indicative tense indicates an ongoing action." Il vient d'aller à la Finlande. use the stem and add the following endings. To conjugate verbs in the present tense. He just went to Finland. Removing the last two letters leaves you with the stem (aimer is the leave pahr partons pahr partez pahr partent pahr-tohn pahr-tay pahrt fee-nee finissent fee-neess Regular verbs -er -re . -er -e -ons -re -s -ons -s -ez -ent 1st -ir -is -issons -is -issez -it -issent 2nd -ir* -s -ons -s -ez -t -ent -es -ez -e -ent Sample Regular Verbs aimer -to like. or -ir. etc. I come from the United States. They are going to go to England.

sentir (to smell.aimer chanter chercher em-ay shahn-tay share-shay to like. Ex: Je réponds au téléphone. * The 2nd -ir verbs are considered irregular sometimes because there are only a few verbs which follow that pattern. I'm going to go to bed. Je vais me coucher maintenant. such as after another verb. dormir (to sleep). Other verbs like partir are sortir (to go out).) to wash (oneself) s'entendre bien to get along well to comb to get dressed to get married se dépêcher to hurry Note: When used in the infinitive. etc. leg. .) 29. Pronominal (Reflexive) Verbs These verbs are conjugated like normal verbs. The pronouns are: me te se s'amuser se lever se laver se peigner s'habiller se marier nous vous se Some Pronominal Verbs to have fun to get up se reposer to rest se souvenir de to remember se coucher se brosser se maquiller se casser to go to bed to brush to put on makeup to break (arm. but they require an extra pronoun before the verb. love to sing to look for vendre attendre entendre perdre vawn-druh ah-tawn-druh awn-tawn-druh pair-druh to sell to wait for to listen to lose commencer koh-mawn-say to begin donner étudier fermer habiter jouer manger montrer parler penser travailler trouver dohn-nay to give répondre (à) ray-pohn-druh (ah) to answer descendre deh-sawn-druh 1st -ir bâtir finir choisir punir remplir obéir (à) réussir guérir bah-teer fee-neer shwa-zeer poo-neer rawn-pleer oh-bay-eer (ah) ray-oo-seer gay-reer to build to finish to choose to punish to fill to obey to succeed to cure. heal to go down ay-too-dee-ay to study fehr-may ah-bee-tay zhoo-ay mawn-zhay mohn-tray par-lay pawn-say trah-vy-yay troo-vay to close to live to play to eat to show to speak to think to work to find Note: If a verb is followed by à (like répondre) you have to use the à and any contractions after the conjugated verb. Most indicate a reflexive action but some are idiomatic and can't be translated literally. feel) and servir (to serve. mentir (to lie). the reflexive pronoun agrees with the subject of the sentence.

acheter-to buy achètes ah-shet achète ah-shet achetez ahsh-tay espérer-to hope espères ess-pehr espère ess-pehr espérez ess-pay-ray j'achète zhah-shet achetons ahsh-tohn j'espère zhess-pehr espérons ess-pay-rohn achètent ah-shet espèrent ess-pehr 3. Verbs that end in -yer: Change the y to an i in all forms except the nous and vous. The nous form of commencer isn't commencons. The e has to stay so the g can retain the soft sound. Irregularities in Regular Verbs 1. essayer-to try (ess-ah-yay) envoyer-to send j'envoie zhawn-vwah envoyons awn-vwah-yohn envoies awn-vwah envoie awn-vwah envoyez awn-vwah-yay envoient awn-vwah . offrir-to offer j'offre zhaw-fruh offrons aw-frohn offres aw-fruh offre aw-fruh offrez aw-fray offrent aw-fruh 4. ouvrir-to open. but commençons. nettoyer-to clean (nuh-twah-yay). Verbs that end in -ger and -cer: The nous form of manger isn't mangons. The c must have the accent (called a cedilla) under it to make the c sound soft. Verbs that are conjugated as -er verbs: Some -ir verbs are conjugated with -er endings. but mangeons. découvrir-to discover and souffrir-to suffer. Verbs that add or change to an accent grave: Some verbs add or change to an accent grave (è) in all the forms except the nous and vous. Examples: envoyer-to send (awn-vwah-yay). sit down je m'assieds mah-see-ay nous nous asseyons noo-zah-say-ohn tu t'assieds tah-see-ay vous vous asseyez il s'assied sah-see-ay ils s'asseyent vous-zah-say-yay sah-say-ee 30. manger-to eat mange mawnzh mangeons mawnzhohn mawn-zhay mawnzh commence commences commence commencer-to begin kohmawnz kohmawnz kohmawnz commençons commencez koh-mawnsohn koh-mawnsay manges mawnzh mangez mange mawnzh mangent commencent koh-mawnz 2. For example: offrir-to offer. couvrir-to cover.Sample Irregular Pronominal Verb s'asseoir .

Il n'a pas répondu. which expresses what happens.5. Je n'ai pas aimé le concert. or has happened. You lived here? We finished (or have finished) the project. The Past Indefinite Tense or Passé Composé You have learned the present indicative so far. Tu as habité ici? Nous avons fini le projet. and jeter-to throw (zheh-tay) double the consonant in all forms except the nous and vous. and as a result or consequence of another action. He didn't answer (or hasn't answered) . you have to use the passé composé. Regular Verbs: Formation of the Past Participle -er -é -re -u -ir -i Then conjugate avoir and add the past participle: J'ai aimé le concert. a specified number of times or during a specified period of time. Elles ont rempli les tasses. Verbs that double the consonant: Some verbs. To make it negative. Irregular Past Participles avoir to have eu (ew) connu cru had known believed ouvrir offrir pouvoir to open to offer ouvert (oovehr) offert opened offered was connaître to know croire to believe to be able to pu . or does happen now. They filled (or have filled) the cups. They didn't fill (or haven't filled) the glasses. such as appeler-to call (ahp-lay). I liked the concert. put the ne and pas around the conjugated form of avoir. All you need to learn are the past participles of the verbs. appeler-to call j'appelle zhah-pell appelons ahp-lohn appelles ah-pell appelle ah-pell appelez ahp-lay appellent ah-pell 31. but if you want to say something happened. Elles n'ont pas rempli les tasses. He answered (or has answered) the telephone. is happening. I didn't like the concert. Il a répondu au téléphone. 32. The passé composé is used for actions that happened only once.

revenir-revenu. and naître-né. And five of these verbs. sortir. descendre. make to read to put dit écrit été fait lu mis (me) permis had to said written been made read put permitted promised prendre apprendre comprendre surprendre recevoir rire savoir voir vouloir to take to learn to understand to surprise to receive to laugh to know to see to want pris (pree) appris compris surpris reçu (rehsew) ri su vu voulu (voolew) taken learned understood surprised received laughed known seen wanted permettre to permit promettre to promise promis 33. Etre Verbs Sixteen "house" verbs and all pronominal verbs are conjugated with être. Conjugation of a Pronominal Verb Je me suis amusé(e) Nous nous sommes amusé(e)s Tu t'es amusé(e) Il s'est amusé Elle s'est amusée Vous vous êtes amusé(e)(s) Ils se sont amuses Elles se sont amuses . She returned the book to the library. rentrer. Conjugation of an être verb Je suis resté(e) Nous sommes resté(e)s Tu es resté(e) Il est resté Vous êtes resté(e)(s) Ils sont restés Elle est restée Elles sont restées You add the e for feminine and s for plural. Vous can have any of the endings. and they must agree in gender and number with the subject. monter. The house verbs are: aller-to go arriver-to arrive entrer-to enter sortir-to go out partir-to leave tomber-to fall venir-to come devenir-to become revenir-to come back mourir-to die monter-to go up rester-to stay rentrer-to return home naître-to be born passer-to go by (pass) descendre-to go down Most have regular past participles. devenir-devenu. and passer can sometimes be conjugated with avoir if they are used with a direct object. Elle a rentré le livre à la bibliothè to devoir dire écrire être faire lire mettre to have to dû to tell to write to be to do. except venir-venu. mourirmort.

There are only two cases with pronominal verbs where the past participle does not agree: 1. With verbs where the reflexive pronoun is an indirect object. s'écrire. se dire. When the pronominal verb is followed by a direct object. such as se parler. Compare: Elles se sont lavées. 2. se demander. Food and Meals / La Nourriture et Les Repas Breakfast Lunch Dinner Cup Slice Bowl Glass Fork Spoon Knife Plate Napkin Ice cream Juice Fruit Cheese Chicken Egg Cake Pie Milk Coffee Butter Water Ham Fish Tea Salad Jam Meat French fries Beer Wine le petit déjeuner puh-tee day-zhew-nay le déjeuner le dîner la tasse la tranche le bol le verre la fourchette la cuillère le couteau l'assiette (f) la serviette la glace le jus le fruit le fromage le poulet l'œuf (m) le gâteau la tarte le lait le café le beurre l'eau le jambon le poisson le thé la salade la confiture la viande les frites (f) la bière le vin day-zhew-nay dee-nay Tahss Trawnsh Bohl Verr foor-shett kwee-yehr koo-toh ah-syett ser-vyett Glahss Zhew fwee froh-mawzh poo-lay luff gah-toh tart leh kah-fay burr loh zham-bohn pwah-sohn tay sah-lahd kon-fee-chur vee-awnd freet bee-ehr vahn Salt and Pepper le sel et le poivre luh sell ay luh pwahv-ruh . Ils se sont téléphoné. and se téléphoner. 34. se sourire. but elles se sont lavé les mains.

Vegetables and Meat fruit apple apricot banana blueberry cherry coconut date fig grape grapefruit lemon lime melon olive orange peach pear pineapple plum prune raisin raspberry un fruit une pomme un abricot une banane une myrtille une cerise une noix de coco une date une figue un raisin un pamplemousse un citron un limon un melon une olive une orange une pêche une poire un ananas une prune un pruneau un raisin sec une framboise fwee pohm ah-bree-koh bah-nahn meer-tee suh-reez corn cucumber eggplant lettuce mushroom onion le maïs un concombre une aubergine la laitue un champignon un oignon les pois un piment une citrouille le riz des épinards une courge une tomate un navet des courgettes une viande du lard. Fruits. du bacon le bifteck un poulet un canard une chèvre le jambon l'agneau le foie des boulettes de viande une côtelette de porc un lapin une côte de bœuf la saucisse une dinde le veau un chevreuil mah-eez cohn-cohn-bruh oh-behr-zheen leh-tew shahm-peenyohn wawn-yohn pwah pee-mawn see-troo-ee reez ay-pee-nar koorzh to-maht nah-vay koor-zhett vee-awnd lar.Sugar Soup le sucre le potage soo-kruh poh-tawzh 35. bah-kohn beef-teck poo-lay kah-nar shev-ruh zhahm-bohn awn-yoh fwah boo-lett duh veeawnd kote-lett duh pork lah-pahn kote duh buf so-seess dahnd voh shuv-ruh-ee nwah duh kohpeas koh daht feeg reh-zahn pahm-pluhmoos see-trohn lee-mohn mel-ohn oh-leev oh-ranzh pesh pwahr ah-nah-nah prewn proo-noh reh-zahn sek frez pah-stek leh-goom ar-tee-sho ahs-pehrzh bett-rahv broh-coh-lee shoo cah-roht shoo-flir pepper potato pumpkin rice spinach squash tomato turnip zucchini meat bacon beef chicken duck goat lamb liver meatballs pork chop rabbit T-bone steak sausage turkey veal venison une pomme de terre pohm duh tehr frwahm-bwahz ham strawberry une fraise watermelon une pastèque vegetable artichoke une légume un artichaut asparagus des asperges beet broccoli cabbage carrot une betterave le brocoli un chou une carotte cauliflower un chou-fleur .

Manger is a regular verb meaning "to eat. Commands . mais pas de fruit. I would like one piece of pie. I would like to have some cheese. comprendre . Boire is literally the verb to drink and is also used in a general sense only." You must use de and le. Quantities assez de une assiette de beaucoup de une boîte de enough (of) un morceau de a piece of a plate of a lot of a box of un peu de une tasse de a little (bit) of a cup of une douzaine de a dozen of un paquet de un panier de une poignée de a packet of a basket of a handful of more a bunch of une tranche de a slice of trop de un verre de une bouteille de a bottle of un kilo de a kilo of too much. I am not drinking any wine. Il prend de la viande. Il y a trop de lait dans la tasse. I'm drinking some wine." the French translation is "Je prends du vin. 37. There is too much milk in the learn. la. To Take. So "je prends de la bière" literally means "I am having some beer" even though in English we would usually only say I am having beer. but no fruit. Nous prenons du riz et du brocoli. Est-ce que je peux prendre un verre de vin? May I have a glass of wine? Je prends du vin. you never use partitives. understand and surprendre . Eat or Drink Prendre-to take. He is eating some meat. many plus de a glass of un bouquet de Note: With quantities and negatives. Je ne prends pas de vin. such as Je mange le poulet tous les samedis. Je voudrais un morceau de surprise." but manger is used in a general sense. I drink wine all the time. or les and the proper contractions (called partitives) because in French you must also express some. We are having some rice and broccoli.celery un céléri say-lay-ree 36. Je bois du vin tout le temps. Note: When you want to say "I am having wine. eat or drink (prawn-druh) Prends Prends Prend prawn prawn prawn prenons prenez prennent pruh-nohn pru-nay prenn Boire-to drink (bwahr) bois bwah buvons bew-vohn bois bwah buvez bew-vay boit bwah boivent bwahv Other verbs that are conjugated like prendre: apprendre . The construction is always de or d' + noun. Je voudrais prendre du fromage. l'. I eat chicken every Saturday.

but Je n'aime ni les chats ni les He listened to no one. que partitives and indefinite articles Ne comes before the auxiliary Vous form Tu form Polite and Plural Same as verb form Familiar Same as verb form... Tu te dépêches becomes Dépêche-toi! And in negative commands.nor ne. ne.Use the With ni.. Aucun(e) by definition is singular. pas de: In 2... * Use of ne .jamais..que is placed directly before the noun it limits. then Il n'a écouté personne.. the pronoun precedes the verb..jamais ne. Nous n'avons rien fait.personne nobody ne. as in Ne nous reposons pas. all articles are dropped except definite articles. and the other part is between auxiliary and past participle.) Negatives with Passé Composé 1. Irregular Command Forms être (be) tu sois swah tu avoir (have) aie ay tu savoir (know) sache sahsh nous soyons swah-yohn nous ayons ay-yohn nous sachons sah-shohn vous soyez swah-yay vous ayez ay-yay vous sachez sah-shay Ne sois pas méchant à ta sœur! Don't be mean to your sister! N'ayez pas peur! Don't be afraid! Sachez les mots pour l'examen demain! Know the words for the exam tomorrow! 39. Partitive: Je prends du pain et du .. Je n'ai ni caméra ni camé (Or: He doesn't like to work anymore) Nous ne voulons faire des achats que lundi. Il n'aime plus travailler... ne..... but the other part is after become de before the noun the past participle.. but que in ne.nulle part. Note: With using pronominal verbs as commands. He made not a single mistake. the pronoun is placed after the verb connected by a faute. ne.aucun(e) not a single one ne.. Il n'a fait aucune nothing changes. and no longer never nothing only neither. We did nothing... He no longer likes to work. so the verb and nouns must also be changed to the singular. (unless the verb is être.personne. More Negatives ne. but drop -s for -er verbs Same as verb form Restez! Stay! Regarde! Watch! Allons! Let's go! Nous form Let's.rien ne.. She hates no one.. Ne..pas. ne. Elle ne déteste personne. Ne. Vous ne vous êtes pas ennuyés. (Or: She doesn't hate anyone.que ne. negative sentences. the and ne.rien Ne comes before auxiliary verb. Rien and personne may be used as subjects: Personne n'est ici. tu and nous forms for ne. We want to go shopping only on Monday..... ne....... You were not bored....pas.nulle part nowhere The negatives are used exactly like ne..

Negative: Je ne prends pas de pain ou de beurre. Verb is être: C'est une chatte brune. I have a dog. Indefinite: J'ai un chien. Negative: Ce n'est pas une chatte brune. It's a brown cat. I don't have a dog. I'm having some bread and butter. Negative: Je n'ai pas de chien. Holiday Phrases Merry Christmas Happy New Year Happy Thanksgiving Happy Easter Happy Halloween Happy Birthday Joyeux Noël Bonne Année Joyeuses Pâques Bonne Halloween Bon Anniversaire zhoy-uh no-ell bun ah-nay zhoy-uhss pawk bun ah-loh-ween bun sahnt-val-awn-tahn bohn ahn-nee-vair-sair Bonne Action de grâces bun ak-see-ohn de grahss Happy Valentine's Day Bonne Saint-Valentin 41.beurre. restaurant hospital post office home le restaurant l'hôpital la poste la maison res-toh-rawn loh-pee-tahl post may-zohn s b city la ville veel grocery store l'épicerie lay-peess-ree 40. It's not a brown cat. Places / Les Endroits school bathroom locker drinking fountain store library office stadium cafe cafeteria movie theater church museum pool countryside beach theater park l'école la toilette le coffre la fontaine le magasin la biblio(thèque) le bureau le stade le café la cafétéria le cinéma l'église le musée la piscine la campagne la plage le théâtre le parc lay-kohl twah-lett koh-fruh fohn-ten mahg-ah-zahn beeb-lee-oh(teck) bur-oh stahd kah-fay kah-fay-tay-reeah see-nay-mah lay-glees mew-zay pee-seen kawn-pawn-yuh plahzh tay-ah-truh park university bank l'université la banque loon-ee-vair-seetay bahnk gahr air-o-poor tay-lay-fone ah-par-tuh-mawn low-tell vee-lazh lew-zeen zhar-dan shah-toe kah-tay-drahl zoh-oh mon-u-mawn far-mah-see boosh-ree con-feess-ree train station la gare airport telephone apartment hotel village factory garden castle cathedral zoo bakery monument pharmacy butcher shop l'aéroport le téléphone l'appartement l'hôtel le village l'usine le jardin le château la cathédrale le zoo le monument la pharmacie la boucherie la boulangerie boo-lanzh-ree candy store la confiserie . I am not having any bread or butter.

patio la terrasse la cheminée le toit le garage la route le trottier le porche le sous-sol la cave le gazon le buisson l'arbre (m) le grenier/la mansarde grun-eeay/mahn-sard . Transportation by bike by bus by moped by car by subway on foot by plane by train by boat en vélo (m) en bus (m) en voiture (f) en métro (m) à pied (m) en avion (m) en train (m) en bateau (m) awn vay-low awn boos awn vwah-chur awn moh-toh awn may-troh ah pee-ay awn ah-vee-ohn awn trahn awn bah-toh en mobylette (f) awn moh-bee-lett by motorcycle en moto (f) 43. The House / La maison House Appartment Bedroom Hallway Kitchen Storeroom Stairs Floor Closet Room la maison l'appartement (m) la chambre le couloir la cuisine le débarras l'escalier (m) l'étage (m) la penderie la pièce meh-zohn ah-part-mawn shawm-bruh kool-wahr kwee-zeen day-bar-ah les-cahl-ee-ay lay-tahzh pawnd-ree pee-ehss rayd-show-say sahl ah mawn-zhay sahl duh bahn teh-rahss shu-mee-nay twah gah-rahzh root troh-teeay porsh soo-sole kahv gah-zohn bwee-sohn lar-bruh Ground Floor le rez-de-chaussée Dining Room la salle à manger Bathroom Attic Chimney Roof Garage Driveway Sidewalk Porch Basement Cellar Lawn/grass Bush/shrub Tree la salle de bains Terrace.42.

44. Furniture / Les meubles Shelf Desk Chair Dresser Curtain Window Bed Door Closet Rug Lamp Nightstand Stereo Television VCR Remote Control Computer Radio Fridge Refrigerator Freezer (Coffee) Table Sink Bathtub Stove Oven Dishwasher Microwave Clothes Dryer Shower Mirror Ceiling Floor Armchair Clock Bedspread Vase Waste basket Bathroom sink Dryer Couch/Sofa Iron Vacuum l'étagère (f) le bureau la chaise la commode le rideau la fenêtre le lit la porte le placard le tapis la lampe la table de nuit la chaîne-stéréo la télé(vision) le magnétoscope la télécommande l'ordinateur (m) la radio le frigo le réfrigérateur le congélateur la table (basse) l'évier (m) la baignoire la cuisinière le four le lave-vaisselle le four à micro-ondes le sèche-linge la douche l'oreiller le miroir le plafond le plancher le fouteuil la pendule le couvrelit le vase le lavabo le séchoir la canapé/le sofa le fer à repasser l'aspirateur lay-tah-zhehr bewr-oh shehzh koh-mode ree-doh fuh-neh-truh lee port plah-car tah-pee lahmp tah-bluh duh nwee shen-stay-ray-oh tay-lay-vee-zee-ohn mahn-yeht-oh-scope tay-lay-koh-mahnd lor-dee-nah-tur rah-dee-oh free-go ray-free-zhay-rah-tir kon-zhay-lah-tur tah-bluh (bahss) lay-veeay bahn-wahr kwee-zeen-yehr foor lahv-veh-sell foor ah mee-kroh-ohnd mah-sheen ah lah-vay sesh-lahnzh doosh Pillow loh-ray-ay mee-rwahr plah-fohn plawn-shay foo-tuhee pawn-dewl koo-vruh-lee vahz lah-vah-boh Hair seh-shwahr kah-nah-pay/soh-fah fair ah ruh-pahs-say ah-speer-ah-tur Washing Machine la machine à laver la corbeille/la poubelle kor-bayee/poo-bell .

45. Clothing pajamas jewelry necklace jeans pants pullover turtleneck raincoat bra slip coat swimsuit shorts bracelet charm t-shirt hat ring chain earrings pin sock shoe man's shirt skirt dress sandal boots jacket scarf tie belt man's suit slippers jacket underwear gloves le pyjama le bijou le collier le jean le pantalon le pull le col roulé l'imperméable (m) le soutien-gorge le jupon le manteau le maillot de bain le short le bracelet le porte-bonheur le tee-shirt le chapeau la bague la chaînette l'épingle (f) la chausette la chaussure la chemise la jupe la robe la sandale des bottes (f) la veste l'écharpe (f) la cravate la ceinture le costume des pantoufles le blouson les sous-vêtements des gants pee-zhah-mah bee-zhoo kohl-eeay zheen pahn-tah-lohn puhl kol roo-lay lahn-pehr-me-ah-bluh shu-meez-eeay soot-ee-ahn-gorzh zhoo-pohn mawn-toe tenn-ee may-oh-duh-bahn short brahs-lay port-bohn-ur tee-shirt shah-poh bahg shen-ett ay-pahn-gluh show-zett show-zer shu-meez zhoop robe sahn-dal bawt vest ay-sharp krah-vaht sahn-tewr kohs-toom ty-er pahn-toof-luh bloo-sohn soo-vet-mawn gawn woman's shirt le chemisier tennis shoes des tennis (m) les boucles d'oreilles (f) book-luh dor-ay woman's suit le tailleur .

The future tense is used just like it is in English. there has to be exceptions. For acheter.46. Here are the irregular stems for the future tense (these will also be used in the conditional tense): Irregular Stems aller avoir courir devoir iraurcourrdevrpleuvoir pleuvrpouvoir pourrrecevoir recevrsavoir tenir valoir venir voir vouloir saurtiendrvaudrviendrverrvoudr- envoyer enverrêtre faire falloir mourir serferfaudrmourr- Other exceptions: For appeler and jeter. double the consonant. however. in French. For préférer. Future Tenses: Simple and Anterior The futur simple expresses an action that will take place. dès que or aussitôt que (as soon as) and tant que (as long as. For nettoyer and payer. The futur antérieur expresses an action that will have taken place before another future action. change the y to i. add an accent grave.) To form the future tense. . the accents all remain the same. you drop the -e from -re verbs. use the infinitive and add these endings that resemble those of avoir. However. -ai -ons -as -ez -a -ont And of course. the future is always used after quand or lorsque (when).

they take a figurative meaning. Resemblance (même and autre). they will want to leave again. and vieil) are used before masculine singular words beginning with a vowel or a silent h. Remember that des means some. When they come back. they will have changed. Preceding and Plural Adjectives Masculine Adjective beautiful good dear nice big large young pretty long bad better. These are the most common adjectives that go before the noun. use the future of either avoir or être (whichever the main verb takes) and the past participle of the main verb. as are the feminine singular and plural. Before plural adjectives preceding plural nouns. All other adjectives. and when used after. When used before the noun. you use de instead of des. go after the noun. Dès qu'ils seront revenus. Age/Order (premier and dernier). ils auront changé. there is an exception to that rule too. 47. Goodness. The three words in parentheses (bel. Ex: Some old monuments. Quand ils reviendront. . nouvel. As soon as they have returned. and Size. except numbers. right? Well. they take a literal meaning.jeter jetterai jetterons payer paierai paierons acheter achèterai achèterons préférer préférai préférons jetteras jetterez jettera jetteront paieras paierez paiera paieront achèteras achèterez achètera achèteront préféras préférez préféra préféront To form the futur antérieur. ils voudront repartir. best new little old Singular beau (bel) bon cher gentil grand gros jeune joli long mauvais meilleur petit vieux (vieil) Plural beaux bons chers gentils grands gros jeunes jolis longs mauvais Pronunciation boh (bell) bon share zhawn-tee grawn groh zhun zho-lee lohn mo-vay Singular belle bonne chère gentille grande grosse jeune jolie longue Feminine Plural belles bonnes chères gentilles grandes grosses jeunes jolies longues Pronunci ation bell bon share zhawn-te e grawnd grohss zhun zho-lee lohng mauvaise mauvaises mo-vezz meilleure meilleures may-ur petite vieille petites vieilles puh-teet vyay meilleurs may-ur petits vieux puh-tee vyuh (vyay) nouveau (nouvel) nouveaux noo-voh (noo-vell) nouvelle nouvelles noo-vell Note: The masculine singular and plural are pronounced the same. A few adjectives can be used before or after the noun. An acronym to remember which ones go before the noun is BRAGS: Beauty. De vieux monuments. and the meaning changes accordingly.

-el. cool Forming Plurals: Adjectives and Nouns To form the feminine plural. add nothing -x changes to -se brun fatigué jeune brahn fah-tee-gay zhun brune fatiguée jeune Feminine brunn fah-tee-gay zhun zhay-nayruhs fohss rooss dooss naht-ur-ell ahn-kee-ett moo-ett koh-kett ee-tahl-eeenn share ac-teev blawnsh pooh-bleek grek lawng Adjective brown tired young generous false roux red (hair) sweet. unless it already ends in an s. and -eil change to -ille. then add nothing. Most adjectives are given in the masculine form. To form . and -eille -et changes to -ète naturel inquiet Exceptions: muet coquet -en and -on change to -enne and -onne -er changes to -ère -f changes to -ve -c changes to -che Italien cher actif blanc Exceptions: public grec -g changes to -gue -eur changes to -euse if adjective is derived from verb -eur changes to -rice if adjective is not same as verb -eur changes to -eure with adjectives of comparison And a few completely irregular ones: long menteur mawn-tur menteuse mawn-tuhz créateur kray-ah-tur inférieur épais favori frais ahn-fay-reeuhr ay-peh fah-voh-ree freh créatrice inférieure épaisse favorite fraîche kray-ahtreess ahn-fay-reeuhr ay-pehz fah-voh-reet frehsh creator inferior thick favorite fresh. soft natural worried silent stylish Italian dear. so to change to the feminine forms. -elle. follow these rules: Masculine Add -e If it already ends in -e. expensive active white public Greek long liar généreux zhay-nay-ruh généreuse Exceptions: faux doux foh roo doo naht-ur-ell ahn-kee-ay moo-ay koh-kay ee-tahl-eeahn share ac-teef blawn pooh-bleek grek lawn fausse rousse douce naturelle inquiète muette coquette Italienne chère active blanche publique grecque longue -il.Adjectives: Formation of Feminine All adjectives must agree in number and gender with the noun they modify. just add an -s.

add nothing..the masculine plural. And of course there are more exceptions. More Adjectives short loud elegant court/e criard/e élégant/e different différent/e situated situé/e big curious gros/se curieux/euse tight. just add an -s. such as or (gold) and argent (silver). -eau adds an -x. Just remember to change the le. vive mignon/nne parfait/e prêt/e triste malin/gne paresseux/euse généreux/euse célèbre décoré/e nervous nerveux/euse only seul/e amusing amusant/e touching émouvant/e funny heavy noisy dirty tired angry drôle lourd/e bruyant/e sale fatigué/e fâché/e annoyed irrité/e old âgé/e Note: Remember the first word is the masculine and the second is the feminine. some adjectives are invariable and do not have femine or plural forms. narrow étroit/e several pointed bright cute perfect ready sad clever lazy generous famous decorated plusieurs pointu/e vif. and final . 48. and if it ends in an x or s already.. Compound adjectives. and the words chic (stylish). or l' to les. except in these cases: -al becomes -aux (exceptions: banal banals. dew shuh-vahl . such as bleu clair (light blue) and vert foncé (dark green).finals). The addition of an e for the feminine form allows the last consonant to be voiced. la. bon marché or meilleur marché (inexpensive) never change. These adjectives go after the noun. Sports and Hobbies Soccer Hockey Football Basketball Baseball Tennis Skiing Volleyball Wrestling Jogging le football le hockey le football américain le basket le base-ball le tennis le ski le volley la lutte le jogging luh foot-bahl luh hock-ee luh foot-bahl ah-mehr-ee-kahn luh bahs-kett luh base-bahl luh ten-ee luh skee luh voll-ee lah loot luh zhog-ing Horse-back riding l'équitation. du cheval leh-kee-tah-see-ohn. adjectives that are also nouns.

J'aime jouer au tennis. He wants to play the tuba. Je peux jouer de la guitare. Jouer à + a sport also means to play.Ice-skating Swimming Track and Field Bowling Softball Golf Bicycling Surfing Dirt/Motor biking French horn violin guitar drum tuba flute trombone clarinette cello harp le patin à glace la natation l'athlétisme le bowling le softball le golf le vélo le surf le bicross le cor d'harmonie le violon la guitare le tambour le tuba la flûte le trombone la clarinette le violoncelle la harpe luh pah-tahn ah glahs lah nah-tah-see-ohn lat-lay-tees-muh luh boh-ling luh soft-bahl luh golf luh vay-low luh serf luh bee-cross kohr dar-moh-nee vee-oh-lohn gee-tahr tawn-boor tew-bah flewt trohn-bohn klah-ree-nett vee-oh-lohn-sell arp Faire de + a sport means to play. I can play the guitar. I like to play tennis. You play soccer. as does jouer de + an instrument. 49. Tu fais du foot. We play the clarinette. Il veut jouer du tuba. Nous jouons de la clarinette. Nature sea stone made of stone sky river cloud thunderstorm hurricane umbrella marina tower wood wooden space star barn bridge farm field la mer la pierre en pierre le ciel le fleuve le nuage l'orage l'ouragan la parapluie le port de plaisance la tour le bois en bois l'espace l'étoile la grange le pont la ferme le champ mehr pee-ehr awn pee-ehr see-yel fluhv noo-awzh oh-rawzh or-aw-zhawn par-ah-ploo-ee por duh plez-ahns toor bwah awn bwah es-spahs ay-twahl grawnzh pohn fairm shawn .

Parts of the Body head hair face forehead cheek ear beard eye/s mustache mouth lip nose tongue tooth neck la tête les cheveux la figure / le visage le front la joue l'oreille la barbe l'œil / les yeux la moustache la bouche la lèvre le nez la langue la dent le cou tet shuh-vuh fee-ger / vee-sawzh frohn zhoo oh-ray barb uhee / yuh moo-stash boosh lev-ruh nay lawn dawn koo .flower forest hill lake mountain ocean plant pond valley waterfall countryside country road street highway path la fleur la forêt la colline le lac la montagne l'océan la plante l'étang la vallée le cascade la campagne le pays le chemin la rue la grande route le sentier flur for-eh koh-leen lahk mohn-tahn-yuh oh-say-awn plahnt ay-tawn vah-lay kahs-kahd kawn-pawn-yuh pay-ee shu-mahn rew grahnd root sahn-teeay 50.

Her arm hurts. use faire mal (to hurt) plus the indirect pronoun. if someone is causing you pain. I have a stomach ache. Don't hurt him / her.eyebrows eyelashes chin throat skin blood bone shoulder chest waist belly button back heart arm elbow wrist fist hand fingers body hip leg knee foot toes ankle thigh shin thumb nails les sourcils les cils le menton la gorge la peau le sang l'os l'épaule la poitrine la taille le nombril le dos le cœur le bras le coude le poignet le poing la main les doigts le corps la hanche la jambe le genou le pied les orteils la cheville la cuisse le tibia le pouce les ongles soor-see seel mawn-tohn gorzh poh sawn lohs ay-pohl pwah-treen tahee nohn-bree doh kir brah kood pwahn-yay pwahn mahn dwah kore ahnsh zhamb zhu-noo pyay or-tie shu-vee kweess tee-bee-ah pooss ohn-gluh stomach / belly l'estomac / le ventre less-to-mah / vawn-truh To say something hurts or that you have an ache. I have a headache. Tu me fais mal. Elle a mal au bras. Tu as mal au genou? Your knee hurts? Il a mal aux orteils. His toes hurt. However. You're hurting me. you can use avoir mal à (body part): J'ai mal à la tête. J'ai mal à l'estomac. Ne lui faites pas mal. .

Parle-il anglais? is incorrect and must become Parle. you must put a t between the verb form (if it ends in a vowel) and the subject for ease of pronunciation. or on. You can also use interrogative words (quand. 3) If the question requires a yes or no answer. Tu ne travailles pas? Est-ce que te ne travailles pas? Ne travailles-tu pas? Pourquoi n'as-tu pas travaillé? Asking Questions with the Passé Composé Only the auxiliary verb (avoir or être) and the subject pronoun are inverted.e. où. you can also use inversion: Quand tes parents partent-ils en vacances? Or you can use an interrogative with est-ce que and normal word order: Pourquoi est-ce que vous êtes ici? 5) Quel (which. etc. and it can be used with inversion or with est-ce que. or verb and subject if inverted). Asking Questions 1) Invert the subject and verb form and add a hyphen. The past participle follows.) at the beginning of the sentence and then add est-ce que. if je is inverted with pouvoir.63. 4) With interrogative words. such as elle. It contracts to Est-ce qu' before a word beginning with a vowel. put Est-ce que (ess kuh) at the beginning.t-il anglais? And je is usually only inverted with pouvoir or devoir. However. It precedes the noun or the verb être. comment. aren't we. don't you. Quelle est la date? A quelle heure partez-vous? Quels bagages est-ce que vous prenez? Notice that the forms of quel can also be used in exclamatory sentences. Quel beau jour! What a beautiful day! 6) With negative questions. A-t-il été surpris? Was he surprised? T'es-tu amusé? Did you have fun? 64. won't you. it may follow a preposition. elle. you don't use peux. Interrogative Pronouns To ask about people: Long Form Subject Direct Object Object of Preposition Qui est-ce qui Qui est-ce qui est venu? Qui est-ce que Qui est-ce que tu as vu? Preposition + qui est-ce que A qui est-ce que tu as parlé? Short Form Qui Qui est venu? Qui Qui as-tu vu? Preposition + qui A qui as-tu parlé? Translation Who came? Whom did you see? Whom did you speak to? To ask about things: Long Form Subject Direct Object Qu'est-ce qui Qu'est-ce qui est arrivé? Qu'est-ce que Qu'est-ce que tu as fait? Short Form No short form Que Qu'as-tu fait? Translation What happened? What did you do? . Instead of Vous parlez anglais? use Parlez. what) agrees with the noun it modifies.vous anglais? But if you invert il. It is equivalent to isn't it. around the verb. etc. Puis-je? (pweezh) is Can I? 2) Add n'est-ce pas? (ness pah) to the end of the sentence. but puis. negative expressions remain in their usual place (i. il or on.

Object of Preposition Preposition + quoi est-ce Preposition + quoi que De quoi as-tu De quoi est-ce que tu as parlé? parlé? What did you talk about? .

When followed by a conjugated form of être. Qu'est-ce qui fait du bruit? Les enfants sont arrivés. the short form is not used. the noun subject must be inverted directly. Qu'est-ce que c'est que is used to ask for a definition. Verb Agreement: a. Interrogative pronouns are usually masculine singular. Qui Marie a-t-elle vu? Whom did Marie see? De quoi Marc a-t-il besoin? What does Marc need? b. Use of Inversion when Subject is Noun: a. With que. Qui est arrivé? b. or if the verb is in a compound tense (such as the passé composé). Quelle est la date? What is the date? Qu'est-ce qui est bon? What is good? . Les voitures font du bruit. Qui étaient Les Trois Mousquetaires? 3. However. Quel: a. inversion pattern is regular. With qui and quoi.1. quel is used if être is followed by a noun and qu'est-ce qui is used if être is followed by anything other than a noun. Qu'est-ce que (or qui) vs. the verbs agrees with the noun that follows. Exception: when qui is followed by a conjugated form of être. Qu'est-ce que Luc veut faire aujourd'hui? What does Luc want to do today? Qu'est-ce que les autres ont fait? What did the others do? 2. and quel asks for specific information. Que veut Jean? What does Jean want? Que font les autres? What are the others doing? c. Qu'est-ce que c'est que le camembert? What is "camembert"? Quel est le problème? What is the problem? b. if the sentence contains more than a subject and verb.

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