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Definite articles (practice)

LESSON OBJECTIVES

REVISION

  1. le is used in front of a masculine noun e.g: le cinéma (the cinema), le sac (the bag), le vélo (the bicycle), le stylo (the pen)
  2. la is used in front of a feminine noun e.g: la table (the table), la chaise (the chair), la trousse (the pencil case)
  3. l' is used in front of a noun starting with a vowel or an h, regardless of its gender e.g: l'arbre (the tree), l'hôpital (the hospital), l'école (the school)
  4. les is used in front of a plural noun, regardless of its gender e.g: les tables (the tables), les chaises (the chairs), les arbres (the trees)

HOW TO TELL IF A WORD IS FEMININE OR MASCULINE ?

*Unfortunately, there are words ending in -e which are masculine e.g: Le livre (the book) ; l'arbre (the tree) ; le téléphone and most words ending in -age, -ege or -isme are also masculine e.g: le nettoyage (the cleaning) ; l'organisme (the organisme).

EXERCISE 1

Guess the gender of each word below then put the right definite articles:

  1. ____ feuille (leaf)
  2. ____ cahier (workbook)
  3. ____ étés (summers)
  4. ____ lampe (lamp)
  5. ____ pain (bread)
  6. ____ journal (newspaper)
  7. ____ équitation (horse-riding)
  8. ____ maison (house)
  9. ____ chaise (chair)
  10. ____ fourchettes (forks)


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