Tout – Adjective

Tout - French adjective
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Tout, toute, tous, toutes

The French word tout can be used as two different kinds of adjectives. It has four different forms and two pronunciations:

  singular plural
masculine tout[tu] tous[tu]
feminine toute[tut] toutes[tut]

[IPA pronunciation]

 Note that the masculine plural adjective is tous, not touts. The latter is only a plural noun – lesson coming soon.

Like all French adjectives, tout modifies nouns. It can be two different types of adjective.

1) Descriptive adjective

As a descriptive adjective, tout has meanings like "all" and "entire."

Par exemple…

tout le monde everyone(literally, "all the world")
tout le reste all the rest
tout le secret the entire secret
tous les secrets all the secrets
toute la journĂ©e all day

2) Indefinite adjective

As an indefinite adjective, tout means "any" or "every":

Ă  tout moment at any moment
pour tout renseignement … for any information …
toute trace de leur prĂ©sence every trace of their presence
tous les jours every day
tous les 36 du mois once in a blue moon(lit, "every 36th of the month")

 Leçon : Jour vs journĂ©e

Both types of tout adjective can be used in conjunction with other adjectives.

pendant tout ce temps (for) this whole time
toute ma vie my whole life
toutes ces dĂ©cisions all of these decisions
tous les trois jours every three days
toutes taxes comprises including tax

 Tout can also be an adverb, noun, or pronoun.

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