To express admiration, surprise, contempt, or another strong feeling (positive or negative) about a noun, you can use the French exclamative adjective quel, meaning "what (a)."
|Quel dommage !
||What a shame!
|Quelle jolie chanson !
||What a pretty song!
|Quels délicieux souvenirs !
||What wonderful memories!
|Quelles bonnes étudiantes !
||What good students!
Characteristics of exclamative adjectives
- Used in place of an article, not with one
- Placed directly in front of a noun or in front of an adjective preceding a noun
- Must agree with the noun in gender and number
- Are identical to French interrogative adjectives
French exclamative adjectives
These four words are pronounced identically in front of consonants
: the s in the plural forms is silent. In front of a vowel
or mute h
, a liaison
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