Forming the plural of nouns ending in -eu

Look at these plural forms of nouns ending in -eu:

Mes pneus sont dégonflés.
My tyres [US: tires] are flat.

J'aime les jeux de société.
I like boardgames.

Tu as les cheveux roux.
You have ginger hair.

Nouns ending in -eu generally take an -x in the plural.

Exceptions which take an -s :

Singular Plural English
un pneu des pneus tyre(s) / tire(s)
un bleu des bleus bruise(s)

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Mes pneus sont dégonflés.
My tyres [US: tires] are flat.


Tu as les cheveux roux.
You have ginger hair.


J'aime les jeux de société.
I like boardgames.


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


Q&A Forum 3 questions, 7 answers

DerekC1Kwiziq community member

Is feus not a correct mpl. inflection for feu?

WordReference supports feus as correct and feux as an synonym/substitute for feu, so I'm a bit confused. Your expertise would be much appreciated here. Merci d'avance pour l'aide !

Asked 2 weeks ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

It seems that feu also exists as an adjective meaning "late", i.e. deceased, so the mpl form would then be feus. However, in the more normal use as a noun, meaning "fire" etc.,  the plural is feux.

DerekC1Kwiziq community member

Ah oui, vous avez bien raison, Alan. Je viens de relire l'entrée sur WR. C'est clair que le forme << feus >> est toujours adjectival. Interesting that inflection for the adjective form varies only when preceded by a possessive determiner or definite article, i.e. (la feue Reine / feu la Reine). Language is just ever so fun. Thanks for the help!

Is feus not a correct mpl. inflection for feu?

WordReference supports feus as correct and feux as an synonym/substitute for feu, so I'm a bit confused. Your expertise would be much appreciated here. Merci d'avance pour l'aide !

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RickA1Kwiziq community member

my tires are flat

This is misspelled, should be tyres.
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Well, in the US they are tires. ;)

 

-- Chris. 

AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Both spellings are correct : "tire" is more US, whereas "tyre" is more UK :)

http://grammarist.com/spelling/tire-tyre/

Bonne journée !

my tires are flat

This is misspelled, should be tyres.

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CadenaA0Kwiziq community member

tires on your car - not tyres

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Cadena ! Thank you for reporting a typo. Thanks to you, it's now been fixed :) Merci et à bientôt !
KatherineC1Kwiziq community member
Not exactly a typo, rather an alternative spelling- it is tyres in the UK.
MarnieC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Just as it is "colour, neighbour, favour » «our » not « or » in the U.K., Canada And probably the rest of the Commonwealth! Please don’t change the spellings!!

tires on your car - not tyres

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