Most nouns take an -s in the plural unless they already end in -s, -x, -z

In French, just like in English, to make most nouns plural, you simply add -s at the end.

J'ai un enfant et mon frère a trois enfants.
I have one child and my brother has three children.

Il y a deux ballons bleus et un ballon rouge.
There are two blue balloons and one red balloon.

Je vois un petit chien et deux grands chiens.
I see a small dog and two big dogs.

Note that you don't pronounce the plural -s in French.

ATTENTION: 

If a noun already ends in -s or -x or -z in the singular form, then it remains unchanged in the plural form.

Je vois une souris !  Je vois deux souris !
I see one mouse! I see two mice!

L'écureuil a une noix... non, deux noix !
The squirrel has one walnut... no, two walnuts! 

Mon nez est petit, mais leurs nez sont gros.
My nose is small, but their noses are big.

 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

"Plurals in French" by www.frenchspanishonline.com


"Les pluriel des noms" by youlearnfrench.blogspot.com


Il y a deux ballons bleus et un ballon rouge.
There are two blue balloons and one red balloon.


-s, -x, -z


Je vois une souris !  Je vois deux souris !
I see one mouse! I see two mice!


L'écureuil a une noix... non, deux noix !
The squirrel has one walnut... no, two walnuts! 


Mon nez est petit, mais leurs nez sont gros.
My nose is small, but their noses are big.


regular


Je vois un petit chien et deux grands chiens.
I see a small dog and two big dogs.


J'ai un enfant et mon frère a trois enfants.
I have one child and my brother has three children.


Q&A Forum 3 questions, 5 answers

CsA2

flowers in plural?

Why is it des fleurs and not des fleures? As i understand it, flowers are feminine. 

Thanks

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Cs,

Ths singular is  - une fleur

the plural is  - des fleurs

I know it can seem strange but 'fleur' doesn't have an -e  at the end but it is feminine.

 

CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Brian,

Take a look at the following Kwiziq lesson on basic colours which include 'noir' -

https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/how-colour-descriptions-adjectives-change-according-to-gender-and-number

Noyer is a walnut tree and I have no experience of it being used as a colour.

Noisette can be a noun and a colour, hazelnut ( applied to eyes for instance) and like marron ( brown) is invariable ( doesn't change in number or gender) when used as a colour.

Hope this helps!

Could you say a word about noyer/noir/noisette please? Even after looking in the dictionary I’m not really getting the distinction, although I can see it’s something to do with m/f & sin/plu. 

flowers in plural?

Why is it des fleurs and not des fleures? As i understand it, flowers are feminine. 

Thanks

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ses jours de congé: I'm doing one of your translation tests - why is there no S on congé please, even though it's jours with an s? Thank you!

Asked 1 year ago

Hi Karen,

there's no s because congé is not an adjective but a noun. 

Jours de congé -- days of vacation. 

If you said instaid "jours congés" it would be an adjective and hence also pick up the s. The difference lying in the preposition "de". 

-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

ses jours de congé: I'm doing one of your translation tests - why is there no S on congé please, even though it's jours with an s? Thank you!

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" le chien - les chiens " The sound clip's saying a whole lot more than just that.

What's she actually saying betwen le chien and les chiens?
Asked 1 year ago
GruffKwiziq language super star
Hi Crystal - that was a bug. It's fixed. Thanks for letting us know!

" le chien - les chiens " The sound clip's saying a whole lot more than just that.

What's she actually saying betwen le chien and les chiens?

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