French Grammar: Definite Articles

This course will provide an introduction to definite articles in French. Definite articles are used when referring to particular nouns; in French, the definite article can be masculine or feminine and singular or plural.

The definite article in English

The definite article the is the most frequent word in English. We use the definite article in front of a noun when we believe the hearer/reader knows exactly what we are referring to.

In English, nouns don't have a gender, and whether the noun is singular or plural, we always use the same definite article: 'the'.

In French, like many foreign languages, he definite articles changes according to whether the noun it refers to is masculine or feminine, or singular and plural.

Move onto the next section to learn more about the definite article in French.

Definite articles in French

Let's start with a quick question about what we've looked at in the last section.

In English, there are multiple forms of the definite article.

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