Wednesday, October 17, 2018

FRENCH LIAISON, 4









The liaison is also mandatory: 


6. BETWEEN AN ADJECTIVE AND A NOUN 

a) singular adjective + singular noun (m.)

The liaison will happen with a masculine adjective that precedes a masculine noun. A noun must begin with a vowel.


Le petit écureuil cherche un arbre. (The small squirrel is looking for a tree.)

Devant la maison, il y a un grand arbre. (In front of the house, there is a tall tree.)

Joyeux anniversaire ! (Happy Birthday!)



If a noun that follows an adjective starts with a consonant, the last consonant of the adjective remains silent. No liaison.

le petit garçon (small boy)
le grand succès (big success)
Joyeux Noël ! (Merry Christmas!)






b) plural adjective + plural noun (m. and f.)

The liaison will happen with masculine and feminine adjectives that precede masculine or feminine nouns. Nouns must begin with a vowel.


Trois petits écureuils cherchent un arbre. (Three small squirrels are looking for a tree.)

Il partage ses petites idées culinaires sur son blog. (He shares his small culinary ideas on his blog.)

Devant la maison, il y a deux grands arbres. (In front of the house, there are two tall trees.)


Il s'intéresse aux grandes affaires criminelles. (He is interested in big criminal cases.)

Les trois joyeux enfants jouent au ballon. (Three joyous children are playing ball.)



If a noun that follows an adjective starts with a consonant, the last consonant of the adjective remains silent. No liaison.

les petits garçons (small boys)
les petites filles (small girls)
les grands succès (big successes)
les grandes surfaces (big supermarkets)
les joyeux chanteurs (joyous singers)




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