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Practice Makes Perfect French Nouns and Their Genders Up Close

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Oct 14, 2011


Solve the mysteries of French nouns' genders

Practice Makes Perfect: French Nouns and Their Genders Up Close puts the spotlight on this tricky grammar trouble spot. It boasts plenty of opportunities for practicing your language skills, as well as extensive examples based on a conversational style that will keep you engaged. The book also features a unique answer key that gives you more than just a listing of correct answers; it clues you in on the "why" behind them.

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Oct 14, 2011

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French Nouns and

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Annie Heminway

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1 The magic and romance of French gender: Basic endings and other cases

2 What are you doing? Naming people and animals

3 Across the universe: Places and the calendar

4 Strawberry fields forever: Plants, wine, and cheese

5 Like a rolling stone: Colors and fabric, the elements, cars, and brands and acronyms

6 Speak to me: Other languages, parts of speech, and the sciences

7 Anything goes: Other situations to keep in mind

8 Féminin, masculin forever: Comprehensive exercises

Answer key



POLONIUS: « Que lisez-vous là, monseigneur? »

HAMLET: « Des mots, des mots, des mots! »

—William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, scene 2

This is not an ordinary book about words. The dismissive irony in Hamlet’s response is impressive, but we know that a word can kill, cause profound mental distress, destroy a love, demolish a career, undermine a friendship, and even start a war. A carefully chosen word, le mot juste, as we say in French, can make the difference between triumph and tragedy. In English, all we need to know is the word itself. In French, however, knowing just the word is not enough; if we want to avoid embarrassment, even danger, we must know the word’s gender, which is either feminine or masculine. Everybody knows what a mousse is, but woe to the learner who, unaware of the correct gender (feminine), tells his French interlocutor about le mousse (masculine) that he just made, for that word means cabin boy.

Learning the correct gender is not always easy, but this book, which includes many rules, tips, ideas, and suggestions, will be your trusty guide through the labyrinths of French genders. After you master the rules, you will be prepared to approach the mystery of gender, but you will also have to proceed as a poet, using your ear as well as your intuition, to identify the true being of

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