Adjectives are the part of speech that tells us more information or detail about the noun. These words are written before the nouns and used to define them. In the French language, the use of adjectives differs slightly from that of English. The placement of adjectives is different, and they vary depending on if the noun is plural, feminine, or masculine. In English, we write the adjective before the noun; for instance, we write 'blue house'. In French, the adjectives come after the noun they describe. So, we will write, 'une masion bleue', meaning a house blue. However, there are a few exceptions. In some cases, the French adjectives come before the nouns they describe. For example, we have to write 'a beautiful woman' in French it will be 'une belle femme'. Or, we have to write 'an old man' in French, we will write 'un vieil homme'. When we use the French adjectives, it alters the words in the following ways: We add an 'e' if the word that adjectives describe is feminine. We add an 's' if the word that adjectives describe is plural. Some of the common French adjectives are listed below: Petit (small), Jeune (young), Bon (good), Delicieux (delicious), Fort (strong), Vieux (old- masculine)/ Vieille (old- feminine), Beau (handsome), Belle (beautiful)
It's been said that the English language is a mongrel, made up of more exceptions than rules. If you look closely enough, though, you can find exceptions to the rules of any language. In French, for example, some adjectives will come before the nouns they describe and some will come after them. It takes a lot of practice to learn the rules and exceptions that govern a language, and these worksheets will give you a head start. Fun Fact: The Académie française was established in 1635 to protect the French language from being influenced by outside vocabularies. Italian was the concern at the time, but in the 21st century, English is the primary threat.