À vs de

French prepositionsAs if the myriad possible translations of à and de aren't enough, these two French prepositions also have complementary and contrasting uses.

   

Abbaye du Thoronet

L'abbaye du Thoronet
Dans l'arrière-pays de Provence, à 30 kilomètres au sud-ouest de Draguignan, l'Abbaye du Thoronet est un chef-d'œuvre de l'art roman provençal.

   

   

Adjectives vs Pronouns

French adjectives vs pronounsAt first glance, adjectives and pronouns might seem to have very little in common, since adjectives are used with nouns, while pronouns replace nouns. But there is an interesting relationship that can help you use both parts of speech more effectively: there are six French adjective / pronoun pairs, where an adjective + noun can be replaced by a corresponding pronoun.

   

Adverbial Pronouns / Pronominal Adverbs

French adverbial pronounsAs you might guess from their name, adverbial pronouns are caught between two worlds: they are pronouns in the sense that they replace nouns, and at the same time they are adverbs representing a place, a quantity, or the object of a proposition. French has two adverbial pronouns: en and y.

   

   

   

   

An/jour/matin/soir vs 
année/journée/matinée/soirée

An vs année, jour vs journée
French has two words for each of the following: year, day, morning, and evening, and they cause no end of difficulties for non-native speakers. Why is it that English can get away with one word for each of these temporal markers when French needs two? The answer lies in how you look at them.

   

AP French Exam

AP French exam
Are you taking the AP French exam this year? Take a look at this page for info about the exam format and some study tips.