The French suffix -age is added to verbs or nouns to make new nouns, which are always masculine.
The French suffix -ée is added to nouns or verbs to make new nouns, which are usually feminine.
The French suffix -issime is added to adjectives and acts as an intensifier or superlative, adding meanings like "very," "extremely," or "most."
The French prefix a
- is added to adjectives and nouns to create their antonyms; it's sometimes called the "alpha privative" (a privatif
). The most common English equivalents are a- and non-.
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There's a bit of debate with regard to accents on capital letters. Most everyone agrees that accents are required on lower case letters, but some French speakers claim that they are unneccessary or even incorrect on capital letters. Is this true? The answer depends in part on who you ask.
While French has the same alphabet as English, some of the letters have little decorations that can make them look and sound very different. In French, accents are essential: they're there for a reason, so you must include them when writing.
In French, E is the only letter that can be modified with l'accent aigu
, the acute accent. With the accent, it may be called either e accent aigu
or simply é
, pronounced [e]. As indicated by the latter, the acute accent changes the vowel's pronunciation to [e].
If you want to read and write in French, one of the first things you should learn is the alphabet. If you're wondering how many letters there are, you're in luck: French has the same 26 letters as English. Unfortunately, most of the names of letters are pronounced differently, as are many of the sounds.
The little hook added under the letter c in French is a diacritical mark known as a cedilla, une cédille
: ç. The letter c with the hook is called c cédille