Agreement

French agreementGrammatical agreement is a vast topic - and one of the banes of French students. While in English we have a few pronouns and adjectives that indicate gender and number (e.g., he/him/his and she/her/hers), in French, agreement is found in 5 of the 8 parts of speech.

   

Article Comparison

Comparison of French articlesThere are three types of French articles (definite, indefinite, and partitive), and it's not always easy to know which one you need. Here's a detailed comparison to help you decide.

   

   

De vs du, de la, des

De vs du, de la, desThe preposition de can be very difficult for French students, even at advanced levels. Knowing whether to use du, de la, or des rather than just de can be a real challenge! This lesson is a detailed explanation of when to use the preposition de all by itself and when to use the indefinite article, partitive article, or de + definite article (which looks like the partitive - but isn't. Ugh!)

   

Definite Article – le, la, l’, les

French definite articleThe French definite article (le, la, l', les) indicates either a particular noun or, contrarily, the general sense of a noun. It's used similarly to its English counterpart, but there are many instances where a definite article is required in French but not English.

   

Determiners

French determinersDeterminers are a category of grammatical terms that includes articles, numbers, and non-qualifying adjectives. Unlike qualifying adjectives, determiners serve two functions: they introduce and modify nouns at the same time.

   

   

   

On vs l’on

On vs l'on - French pronunciationWhat's the difference between on and l'on? In a nutshell, on is sometimes preceded by l' for reasons of euphony.

   

Partitive Article – du, de la, de l’, des

French partitive articlesThe partitive article (du, de la, de l', des)refers to an unspecified quantity of food, liquid, or some other uncountable noun. English has no equivalent article - the partitive is usually translated by the adjectives "some" or "any," or may be left out entirely.

   

Prepositions with Nouns

French prepositions with nounsGenerally speaking, articles are much more common in French than in English, but there are exceptions, such as when certain prepositions are followed by nouns.

   

Un vs l’un

Un vs l'un - French grammarDo you know the difference between un and l'un? If you answered, "Huh? Why would you ever put l' in front of un?" then this is the lesson for you.