Masculin and féminine nous

GraceA0Kwiziq community member

Masculin and féminine nous

Please how will I know this word is a masculine or féminine nous


Asked 1 week ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Grace,

Maarten is correct for the gender of nouns. The most useful tip is to first check the articles ahead of the noun/word:

un / le chat = a /the cat -> masculin
une / la chemisea/the shirt  -> feminine

If it is about the gender of the subject pronoun "nous" (= we), only the context will tell you and/or checking the verb agreement if the verb is in Le Passé Composé (Compound Past) for example.

Nous sommes allées en vacances = We went on holidays

 -> "allées" is feminine plural so "nous" refers to a group of women.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

There are very few absolute rules that allow determination of the grammatical gender of a noun on its own, but there are some clues to what the gender will be, if thinking of a noun as standalone word.

 In context however, there are other grammatical clues to be spotted. 

Ultimately, knowing the gender of nouns comes through usage - and making it normal practice to learn nouns with their gender. Depending on the noun,  you can use articles ie le/la/un/une, possessives eg mon or ma, or adjectives - eg froid ou froide, heureux or heureuse etc etc - associated meaningfully with the noun to aid recall. 

Identifying the gender of nouns by some specific word endings in French

Masculin and féminine nous

Please how will I know this word is a masculine or féminine nous


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