Nouns and articles


Nouns are words that may follow an article. The English articles are a/an or the. Some examples for English nouns are: the paper, a cup, or the street. Usually, nouns are things which are tangible. But there are also so called "abstract nouns". For example, the talent or a look.

If a noun comes with a definite article - e.g. the house - it means that we are talking about a particular house and we know this house quite well (it is well defined for us).

For example:


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In French, we have two definite articles, which are le and la. Every noun in French can either be masculine or feminine. Masculine nouns use the article le, all feminine nouns use la. Unfortunately, there are no rules that allow us to determine, whether a noun is masculine or feminine. We have to memorize every noun with its article.

Here are some examples for nouns in French with their article:



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The articles le and la are contracted to l' in front of vowels and h (see l'arbre above).