Forming the plural of nouns ending in -au or -eau

Look at these examples:

Je préfère ce château aux autres châteaux.
I prefer this castle to the other castles.

Le bateau rouge rejoint les autres bateaux.
The red boat is catching up with the other boats.

Andréa mange un gâteau, et je mange trois gâteaux !
Andrea eats one cake, and I eat three cakes !

Cette couronne a un joyau bleu et deux joyaux rouges.
This crown has one blue gem and two red gems.

 

Note that nouns ending in  -au, -eau take an -x in the plural form, and not an -s.

 

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Cette couronne a un joyau bleu et deux joyaux rouges.
This crown has one blue gem and two red gems.


Andréa mange un gâteau, et je mange trois gâteaux !
Andrea eats one cake, and I eat three cakes !


Le bateau rouge rejoint les autres bateaux.
The red boat is catching up with the other boats.


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


Je préfère ce château aux autres châteaux.
I prefer this castle to the other castles.


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 3 answers

How is the question "What does ''noyau'' mean?" relevant to the lesson?

And where is the answer to be found in the lesson? It was one of the questions in the micro-quiz. 
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Arndís,

'Noyau' is one of those words ending in 'au' whose plural is a silent  'x' .

Hope this helps!

 

How is the question "What does ''noyau'' mean?" relevant to the lesson?

And where is the answer to be found in the lesson? It was one of the questions in the micro-quiz. 

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Bonjour. Are "joyau" and "joyaux" pronounced correctly in the example above?

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Sherry ! Yes, both "joyau" and its plural form "joyaux" are pronounced the same way in French, as the "-x" is mute. I hope that's helpful! Bonne Année !
Merci, Aurélie.

Bonjour. Are "joyau" and "joyaux" pronounced correctly in the example above?

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