Using "grand(e)" to describe people

AaronC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Using "grand(e)" to describe people

Note that when "grand(e)" is used to describe people, different rules apply:

– un grand homme = a great man

– un homme grand = a tall man

– https://www.linguee.com/french-english/translation/grand+homme.html

– https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/un-grand-homme

I haven't yet found this distinction set out on Kwiziq, but on lawlessfrench.com we can compare the different treatment as between things and people on these two pages:

– https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/adjectives/

– https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/movable-adjectives/

Asked 4 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Thank you for these useful links Aaron...

Using "grand(e)" to describe people

Note that when "grand(e)" is used to describe people, different rules apply:

– un grand homme = a great man

– un homme grand = a tall man

– https://www.linguee.com/french-english/translation/grand+homme.html

– https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/un-grand-homme

I haven't yet found this distinction set out on Kwiziq, but on lawlessfrench.com we can compare the different treatment as between things and people on these two pages:

– https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/adjectives/

– https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/movable-adjectives/

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