Make most adjectives feminine by adding -e

Look at this example:

Il y a un petit chat et une petite souris.
There is a small cat and a small mouse.

In French, the "describing word"/adjective (here petit) changes according to whether the object it refers to is masculine (un chat) or feminine (une souris).

As other regular adjectivespetit simply takes an -e in the feminine form (une petite souris).

Here are more examples:

Il est français et elle est française.
He is French and she is French.

Le joli garçon est avec la jolie fille.
The pretty boy is with the pretty girl.

Je mange un melon vert et une pomme verte.
I eat a green melon and a green apple.

See also Make most adjectives plural by adding -s
Adjectives ending with mute -e don't change in the feminine form
and Colour descriptions change according to gender and number (adjectives)

 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

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Il y a un petit chat et une petite souris.
There is a small cat and a small mouse.


Le joli garçon est avec la jolie fille.
The pretty boy is with the pretty girl.


Il est français et elle est française.
He is French and she is French.


Je mange un melon vert et une pomme verte.
I eat a green melon and a green apple.


Q&A

Catja

Kwiziq community member

26 September 2018

2 replies

This part 2 of the video that tells you where to place the adjectives. https://youtu.be/ICT3nstg-YY

Chris

Kwiziq community member

27 September 2018

27/09/18

Was there a question you would like to ask?

Catja

Kwiziq community member

27 September 2018

27/09/18

No, just wanted to link the video as the one in the program talks about part 2 but doesn't provide a link for it.

Dorne

Kwiziq community member

11 September 2018

1 reply

In an earlier exercise you have 'Je chapeau bleu at one jute bleu'. why was 'jute blue' not feminised or is it assumed that woman do not wear hats?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 September 2018

11/09/18

It should be: J'ai un chapeau bleu et une jupe bleue.

Stuart

Kwiziq community member

6 December 2017

1 reply

Are there any obvious (common) adjectives that are exceptions?

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

6 December 2017

6/12/17

Hi Stuart, yes there are lots of exceptions and special rules for adjective agreement. You can browse a list of all our lesson on these here: https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/glossary/lexical-category-or-parts-of-speech/adjective

 

Sidrah

Kwiziq community member

8 September 2017

2 replies

Got a lot of problems regarding d gender please help

Ron

Kwiziq community member

9 September 2017

9/09/17

Bonjour Sidrah, Thank you for your question regarding feminine formation of adjectives. I am somewhat unclear what types of problems you are having since none were specified. Please consider re-posting you question with more precise examples of the problems that you are encountering. Bonne chance et bonne continuation

Vlad

Kwiziq community member

28 December 2017

28/12/17

Nice
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