The French suffix -age is added to verbs or nouns to make new nouns, which are always masculine.
Unlike other French suffixes, -ci
does not create new words, but rather adds additional meaning to the nouns and pronouns it's attached to.
The French suffix -ée is added to nouns or verbs to make new nouns, which are usually feminine.
The French suffixes -et
(masculine) and -ette
(feminine) can be added to nouns (including proper nouns), verbs, and adjectives.
The French suffix -issime is added to adjectives and acts as an intensifier or superlative, adding meanings like "very," "extremely," or "most."
Unlike other French suffixes, -là
does not create new words, but rather adds additional meaning to the nouns and pronouns it's added to.
Adverbs of manner express how the action of a verb occurs. In English, the vast majority of adverbs of manner end in -ly, whereas in French, they mostly end in -ment
. They are usually created from adjectives.
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.
Approximate numbers are very useful for talking about generalities, making estimates, and just flat-out guessing. English only has one approximate number, content to use "about" in front of cardinal numbers any time a guess is required. In contrast, French has about a dozen approximate numbers.