Nouns and articles

Nouns and articles

Learning Objectives 

  • Be able to recognize a noun
  • Understand the concept of grammatical gender
  • Learn the definite and indefinite articles
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What is a noun

Indefinite and definite articles

How can I tell if a noun is feminine or masculine?

Lawless French: Nouns

Effective Language Learning: Gender and the articles 

Study.com: Definite and indefinite articles

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Learn French with Alexa: Definite articles + practice

The traveling linguist: Why are French words masculine or feminine?

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French Together: Gender of nouns

Fluent U: French Gender rules

Thoughtco: Introduction to French articles

Practice

To Learn French: exercise on definite and indefinite articles 

CoLanguage: exercise on definite articles

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

Translate the following nouns and their articles – you can use an online dictionary for help:

  • The dog
  • The dogs
  • A house
  • (some) houses
  • A car
  • A bicycle
  • The supermarket
  • The bakery

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

With another French speaker, pick 10 objects around the house and learn their names and gender in French, ask “Comment on dit ?”  to learn what the object is called in French. Practice using the four different articles to describe the object. 

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Look around the house and learn new objects by looking them up in an online dictionary.  Speaking aloud, say each object and its definite and indefinite article, in both singular and plural forms. For example, house = la maison, les maisons, une maison, des maisons.

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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