French Adjectives

This page contains a table including the following: French Adjectives and adverbs. Try to memorize the way they're used because they're very important in communication, and might be very helpful to convey your most important expressions. Make sure to check our Learn French page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.

French Adjectives


In French an adjective is a word whose main role is to modify a noun or pronoun, giving more information about the noun or pronoun's definition. Some examples are: That is a green tree. I met a very old man. In French adjectives come either before (most of the case) or after the noun they describe and sometimes the meaning can be different or contain a nuance: « L'ancienne maison » (the old house, in the meaning it’s our previous house) or « la maison ancienne » (the old house).

    

English Adjectives French Adjectives
 

That is a tall building

C’est un grand bâtiment

I met a very old man

J’ai rencontré un très vieil homme

The old red building is here

Le vieux bâtiment rouge se situe ici (and never le rouge bâtiment vieux*)

That's a very nice dress

C’est une très belle robe

*All the adjectives relative to the shape or color come after the noun.

French Adjectives (Genders / Number)


In French the use of adjective for the masculine is different than the feminine, also the use of singular is different than the plural, here are some examples in the table below:

Adjective (gender/ number) French Adjectives
 

She is a tall woman

C’est une femme grande

He is a tall man

C’est un homme grand (C’est un grand homme means he’s important)

They are tall women

Ce sont des femmes grandes

They are tall men

Ce sont des hommes grands


Special Forms


Some adjectives have a different plural/feminine form:

Masculine Singular/Plural Feminine Singular/plural
 
Beau beaux belle belles
Fou fous folle folles
Mou mous molle molles
Nouveau nouveaux nouvelle nouvelles
Vieux vieux vieille vieilles
Principal principaux principale principales

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