French Grammar Rules Guide
The French grammar rules you must follow and understand to properly speak the French language.
- French sentence structure is pretty straightforward and follows a Subject-Verb-Object pattern.
- French nouns have genders: Masculine and Feminine which can greatly change the meaning of the word.
- French Verb Conjugation refers to the five possible inflexions of a verb: Person, Number, Mood, Tense, and Voice. French Adjectives usually follow the noun or pronoun they modify.
French Grammar Rules: Sentence Structure
French word order is similar to English with a Subject + Verb + Object format.
French Grammar Rules: Nouns and Pronouns
French Nouns have a Gender: Masculine and/or Feminine
• Gender of the Noun can change the meaning of the word.
• Some words are always feminine regardless of who they are referring to.
• A Hyphen is sometimes used at the beginning of a sentence when there is no link to the verb, or used between the verb and pronoun.
French Grammar Rules: Verbs
Each Mood as at least 2 tenses. Past and Present.
• Mood describes the speaker’s feeling towards the action of the verb.
• Indicative Mood is the most commonly used mood and has eight possible tenses.
• French Verb Conjugation refers to the five possible inflexions of a verb: Person, Number, Mood, Tense, and Voice.
French Grammar Rules: Adjectives
French Adjectives usually follow the noun or pronoun they modify
• Adjectives usually follow the noun they describe. If the noun is plural, the adjective takes a plural form, and if the noun is feminine, we put the feminine form, usually by adding an e or by doubling the final consonant and adding e.
Learning French grammar rules can be considered the cornerstone of the language and will take some time to learn but creates a sturdy foundation to help you completely learn French in no time. Take the time to let these points soak in, then build on them as you continue your French studies. Good luck, and have fun learning French.