How Well Do You Know Basic French Grammar Rules?

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French is a beautiful language that can be quite difficult to learn. Did you know that some words can be masculine and feminine? Do you know which word is used to refer to yourself? How about the endings of all of the verbs – both regular and irregular? It may seem like a lot to take in, but with a little practice, everyone can be on their way to being fluent in the language. 

Do you know your pronouns and what they mean? Having knowledge of pronouns is important when it comes to French because they are heavily involved when you're trying to conjugate verbs. If you are well-versed in the French language you'll know just how important tenses are. You'll also know how and when to use them, a critical part of speaking and writing in French.

So, if you're still up to the challenge, test your knowledge on the ins and outs of the language of love. Let's see if you truly know your 'directeur' from your 'directrice.' Not to mention your 'il' from your 'ils.' French speakers, you'll feel totally prepared to tackle this quiz. If you think you know your stuff in French, allons-y! 

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Which pronoun is used to say 'she?'

'Elle' is the French word meaning 'she.' Like the other pronouns, the word changes according to the tense that you are speaking in.

Which of the following is one of the endings on French verbs?

The verb ending -er is one of the most common endings that you'll find on a French verb. The ending of these verbs change accordingly to which tense you are speaking in.

Is it true or false that some nouns have different meanings depending on the gender used?

This is true. Some nouns are able to have different meanings depending on what gender is being used for them. For example, 'une mode' is feminine and means 'fashion.' The masculine 'un mode' simply means 'mode.'

Which verb is used to say "to be"?

'Être' is the verb that means "to be." The verb takes on different forms in the French language according the tense that is being used. For example, if you wanted to say "I am," you would say "je suis," which uses the present tense.

What is the plural form of a noun ending in -ail?

The plural form of -ail is -s. For example, 'détail' would become 'détails.' There are exceptions to this, however. Some -ail nouns can end in -aux when plural. For example, 'travail' would turn into 'travaux.'

What word is used for both masculine and feminine versions of "the"?

'Les' is used for both masculine and feminine words. This is because it is the plural form of 'le' and 'la.' There are no exclusive masculine or feminine forms of these words.

Instead of le/la/les, what is used when a vowel is present at the front of the word?

"L'" is used when a vowel or an 'h' is present at the beginning of a word. For example, you would say 'l'horloge' for clock rather than 'la horloge.'

Which word is the feminine version of 'un'?

'Un' is the masculine version of the word whereas 'une' is the feminine version. The word also has another meaning; that is 'one.'

When using the present tense and the pronoun vous with a verb ending in -er, what would the proper ending be?

The proper ending is -ez. The -er ending is the part of the verb that changes to -ez. For example, the word 'changer' would become 'vous changez.'

Which two verbs are irregular?

Être and avoir are irregular verbs. Irregular verbs differ from regular ones because although they may share the same two last letters, they do not follow the same pattern as a regular verb.

What word would you use to address a person with whom you are not very familiar?

'Vous' is the proper word to use when addressing someone you aren't familiar with. This is because it is a more respectful way to say 'you' in the French language as opposed to 'tu.'

What is the plural form of a noun ending in -eau?

The plural form of a noun ending in -eau is -x. This is also the same for -eu and -au endings. For example, 'jeu' would become 'jeux' when plural.

Is it true or false that there are masculine and feminine words in the French language?

This is true. Many French words take on a gender, specifically, nouns. Each noun is either male or female, and being able to identify what gender the word is allows you to write properly in the language.

How many tenses are there in the French language?

There are 24 tenses in the French language. Many of them are not used very often. Here is a small list of a few of the main tenses: Le Présent, Passé Composé, et la Futur Simple.

What form does 'tu' take on when placed before a word that starts with a vowel?

'Tu' becomes "t'" when placed in front of a word that begins with a vowel or 'h.' It follows the same rules as 'je.' For example, you would say 't'aime,' instead of 'tu aime.'

What letter is added to the end of il/elle to make them plural?

'Il' and 'elle' take an -s at the end to make ils/elles. Both of these words mean 'they,' however, just like their singular counterparts, they refer to either males or females.

Is it true or false that 'un' means both 'a' and 'one' in the French language?

This is true. 'Un' is the word used for both the number one and the word 'a.' The feminine version of the word 'a' is 'une,' taking on the signature letter 'e.'

Which word is missing in this sentence? 'Je suis ___ la maison.'

The word 'à' is missing from the sentence above. The word 'à' has a few meanings, but in this case, it is used to say 'at.' It can also mean 'to.'

Is it true or false that 'a' is a preposition?

This is true. 'À' is a preposition. Prepositions are words that act as connectors when forming a sentence in French. 'À' for example, can mean a few different things, such as 'at.'

What is 'suis' a form of?

'Suis' is a form of the verb 'être.' It is used in the present tense along with the word 'je.' To use it correctly, you would say "je suis."

Which important verb means 'to have'?

'Avoir' is the verb that means to have. This verb is common to use when learning how to conjugate verbs because of its simplicity.

Which tense is used to speak of the past?

Passé Composé is used to speak of the past. There are additional tenses that use past tense as well. An example of passé composé is "Il est allé."

Which of the following pronouns is gender neutral?

'On' is a gender neutral term. The term is used instead of the pronouns 'il' or 'elle.' The plural of this pronoun is 'ont,' which is used instead of 'ils' or 'elles.'

The masculine version is 'un acteur.' What is the feminine version?

The feminine version of 'un acteur' is 'une actrice.' The feminine version takes the feminine form of 'un' as well as has a different ending on the main word.

Which tense is used to speak of right now?

The Présent is the tense used to speak of the present. If you say "J'aime la pizza," you are saying "I like pizza." This is an example of the present tense.

Which tense is used to speak of the future?

Futur Simple is used to speak of the future. If you say "Tu chanteras" you are saying, "You will sing." This is an example of the future tense.

Is it true or false that the proper plural of the word 'travail' is 'travails?'

This is false. The correct plural of 'travail' is 'travaux.' This word is an exception to most of the words that end in -ail which typically end in -s when taking on a plural form.

Which of the pronouns takes on a different spelling when a vowel is present at the beginning of a word?

'Je' takes on a different spelling when a vowel is present at the beginning of the word. It is similar to how le/la take on "l'," as 'je' will then become "j'."

What is the correct plural form of the word 'festival'?

The correct plural form of the word 'festival' is 'festivals.' This is a word, like most that end in -als, that takes on the common ending of adding an -s.

Which pronoun is used to say 'I'?

'Je' is the word used for 'I' in the French language. 'Je' is the present tense of the word. It changes according to the tense in which you are writing.

What is the proper way to make 'seurveuse' masculine?

'Serveur' is the masculine version of 'serveuse.' Feminine versions of words will typically take on a longer ending, in this case, -use.

What is the correct way to make 'caissier' feminine?

'Cassière' is the correct way to make the word feminine. Like many words in French, a simple 'e' will turn the word feminine. This is no exception.

What is 'as' a form of?

'As' is a form of the verb avoir. It is used in the present tense along with the pronoun 'tu.' To use it correctly, you would say "tu as."

Is the word 'personne' masculine or feminine?

The word 'personne' is feminine. 'Personne' is a noun that is used for both males and females despite it being feminine. There are a few other nouns that are exclusively feminine as well.

How many adjectives forms are there?

There are four adjective forms in French. Two of them are singular and two of them are plural. One of each is masculine and feminine.

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