French grammar made easy: verbs, subjects and objects

I used to think it wasn’t important to learn grammar jargon in order to learn a language, but the truth is, ask any teacher and they’ll tell you the same thing: the students who take the time to understand grammar, including the jargon, are the ones who sail ahead and succeed. Here’s the bottom line:

If you don’t take the time to understand grammar, including the jargon, your ability to learn French will suffer.

Grammar doesn’t have to be dry and boring; in fact, that’s why we created Kwiziq French to help make it more dynamic and interesting to learn and embed essential French grammar. Our smart French grammar tests can help you dramatically improve your French and master the language more effectively than ever.

It’s really worth understanding grammar jargon.  Here’s a very basic animated lesson that explains verbs, subjects and direct/indirect objects. If you’ve ever found these confusing, it’s well worth a watch.

(Psst, Americans: articulated lorries = semi trucks).

Kwiziq French has literally thousands of grammar lessons and test questions (across the whole language from beginner to advanced) with supporting examples and videos to help you learn. Check it out: Find out your French level now!

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Gruff Davies

[Follow on Twitter: @gruffdavies] Despite the very Welsh name, Gruff is actually half French. Nowadays, he's a tech entrepreneur (and some-time novelist) but he used to be a physicist at Imperial College before getting hooked on inventing things. He has a special interest in language learning, speaks five languages to varying degrees of fluency and he often blogs about language learning, science, and technology. As well as co-founding Kwiziq, he is the author the Amazon best-selling SF thriller, The Looking Glass Club and the inventor of the Exertris gaming exercise-bike and Pidgin, a free online tool that makes drawing flow charts and relationship diagrams as quick and easy as describing them in pidgin English.

Laura K Lawless

Laura is a French expert and Kwiziq's Head of Quality Control. Online educator since '99, Laura is passionate about language, travel, and cooking. She's American by birth and a permanent ex-pat by choice - freelancing made it possible for her to travel extensively and live in several countries before settling permanently in Guadeloupe. Laura is the author of Lawless French, Lawless Spanish, and other websites and books on French, Spanish, Italian, English, and vegetarianism. She spends most of her spare time reading, playing with food, and enjoying water sports.

Comments: 4


I consider myself a proficient French speaker but when it comes to writing and correct grammar I have forgotten and got lazy. I really love the daily email reminding me to study; it only takes a few minutes. I've been reading the free articles for months and highly recommend the small price to upgrade to the paid version. When I had a problem with my password the reply was quick and helpful. Thanks guys!

Bonjour Cam,

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The grammar video was much too fast for me to follow. Sorry! Altogether grammar is the least favorite of my
studies but i d like to learn so I can speak and write correctly.

bonne channce