"long/longue" coming before nouns --


Kwiziq community member

10 January 2018

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"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."

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Short and common adjectives that go BEFORE nouns (adjective position) -


Kwiziq community member

11 January 2018


I guess what Aurélie means with descriptive is what in English one would write with a hyphen.

A "chaise-longue" would be a "long-chair" whereas a "longue chaise" would be a "long chair".

Greetings, -- Chris.

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