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Kwiziq community member
10 January 2018
"long/longue" coming before nouns --
This is tough to remember as an English speaker, since I am so familiar with a "chaise longue" -- is this the major exception to the rule that "long" generally comes before a noun?
I see Aurelie's distinction that adjectives before nouns can be figurative and those after descriptive... but calling a chair "long" doesn't seem any more descriptive than calling a path "long," and yet from the lesson the long path is "le long chemin."
This question relates to:French lesson "Short and common adjectives that go BEFORE nouns (adjective position)"
11 January 2018
Kwiziq language super star
5 September 2018
That's a very good point but 'chaise longue' refers to a particular type of chair (between a chair and a bed) and is taken as meaning this particular item.
Normally long/longue would precede the noun as in:
C'était un long discours = It was a long speech
C'était un ami de longue date = It/He was a long standing friend
If you look at Steven's contribution at the end of the lesson, He suggests a useful acronym to remember the adjectives that normally come before the noun.
Hope this helps!
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