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.
Have you ever noticed that "France" is called by several different names? Learn the various synonyms and the exact meanings of each one.
For Francophiles, the word "Bastille" is likely to conjure up memories (or dreams) of fireworks and military parades, because the idea of la Bastille
is inherently linked to 14 July - at least for English speakers. Chez les Français
, not so much. Here are 7 things you should know about la Bastille
: the holiday, the prison, and the word itself.
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-.
Some French accents offer pronunciation clues, others refer back to old spellings, and still others differentiate between otherwise identically spelled words. For all of these reasons, accents matter and must be included when writing (or typing) in French - especially in the case of words that have different meanings with and without accents.