C. asked : "Why doesn't 'français' become 'françaisE' when it is about 'her' speaking French?"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

8 September 2016

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C. asked : "Why doesn't 'français' become 'françaisE' when it is about 'her' speaking French?"

"A-t-elle parlé français ce soir ?"

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Using le, la, les with titles, languages and academic subjects (definite articles) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

8 September 2016

8/09/16

Bonjour C. ! The reason "français" doesn't agree in gender with "elle" here is that with the structure "parler + language", it is always the masculine form that is employed. Indeed here what you're actually saying is "I speak [the language] French", i.e. "Je parle français" OR "Je parle le [langage] français". Languages are always masculine in French, no matter who speaks them ;) I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Catherine

Kwiziq community member

9 September 2016

9/09/16

Yes, thanks so much, sometimes the brain doesn't engage all the rules!

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