The effect of the number and gender on the French adjectives

The English adjectives are known to be invariable but that is not the same case with the french adjectives. In the French language adjectives keep changing depending on:

• The described noun gender
• The described noun number – singular or plural

The rule in most cases is:

• You have to add an e to the feminine noun adjectives except if it already ends with a silent e
• There is a need of adding an s to the plural noun adjective except if it already ends with an s

Examples include:

• A small croissant – un petit croissant
• A small surprise – une petite surprise
• Small changes – des petits changements

Placing and modifying the French adjectives which are most common

The best way to learn grammar is through examples which are realistic. The following is how to modify and place the French adjectives which are most common. You might notice that the majority of French adjectives are placed before the noun which describes it.

The reason being majority of the French adjectives are in the group of BANGS. BANGS stands for beauty age number goodness and size – which are adjectives that are placed before the described noun.

The main advantage is that, when you know the common adjectives, you will encounter mainly adjectives which follow the normal placement of the same adjectives and thus placed after the noun which they describe.

Using the regular French adjectives

In majority of cases, the French adjectives keep on changing whereby an e is added to the word which describe a feminine except when the adjective is ending with an e which is silent and that e doesn’t have an accent. You will have to add an s in case the word which is described is plural apart from when the adjective already with an s