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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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.


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


Q&A

Arndis

Kwiziq community member

16 August 2018

1 reply

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. 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

17 August 2018

17/08/18

Hi Arndís,

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

Hope this helps!

 

Sherry

Kwiziq community member

2 January 2017

2 replies

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

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 January 2017

3/01/17

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 !

Sherry

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2017

20/01/17

Merci, Aurélie.
Clever stuff underway!