2 STRANGE (but interesting) THINGS ABOUT GENDER NOUNS IN FRENCH

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2 STRANGE (but interesting) THINGS ABOUT GENDER NOUNS IN FRENCH

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Hello everyone.

Welcome to this new video which is going to be quite short where I'm going to share with you two things you probably don't know about the genre in French.

Gender is masculine and feminine.

The first thing is that there are words in French that have both genders. It's up to you to choose. This is the case, for example, of a very common word, the word apr癡s-midi.

You can choose to say either one afternoon or one afternoon. It is up to you to choose. This is also the case with the word anthem, you can choose an anthem or an anthem.

It's a song, for example the anthem of a country, or the anthem of a soccer club, for example. And more recently, there is a word where we heard a lot in French either the, or there, it is the Covid or the Covid.

At first everyone said "the" then everyone said "the", but both genders are accepted.

The second is that there are words in French, three precisely, that change gender between singular and plural. In the singular, they are masculine and in the plural, they are feminine.

You have certainly noticed that French is a language where there are many exceptions. We love exceptions. The first one is the word amour. Amour in the singular is a masculine word, while in the plural it is a feminine word.

A beautiful love, but beautiful loves. Then there is the word delight. So delight is something very good to eat.

In the singular we say a delight, but in the plural we say wonderful delights or gourmet delights.

And finally, the third word it is not really very common, it is an organ.

An organ is like a piano and is found in churches. Again, in the singular it is male and in the plural it is female.

In French, there are also words that are identical and depending on their gender, they will mean a different thing.

A tower that is feminine and a tower that is masculine do not mean the same thing. A tower is a walk, a stroll, while a tower is a construction.

For example, in Paris, the Montparnasse tower, so it's a building, it's a building. There is also the thank you and the thank you. A thank you is when you thank someone. Thank you for liking this video, while the thank you is the pity.

For example, I can say these soldiers are merciless with their enemies.

That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed this video and especially that you learned something you didn't know about the genre in French.

See you soon.

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