How to make “des noms dérivés” in French

Posted on 01. Jun, 2012 by in Vocabulary

Des noms dérivés are nouns that come from a verb and some verbs follow a pattern to do that in French. So here’s a little exercise for you: I will give you an example and you will provide the noun form, ok?

Let’s try that!

-ment
charger (to charge) – le chargement

Do the same with verbs recruter (to recruit), licencier (to fire someone), investir (to invest), aboutir (to lead to), renouveler (to renew), percer (to pierce), héberger (to accommodate someone)

-tion / -sion / -xion / -ison
démolir (to demolish) – démolition

Do the same with verbs réagir (to react), guérir (to heal), voir (to see), trahir (to betray), apparaître (to appear), connecter (to connect), acquérir (to acquire), persuader (to persuade), prévenir (to warn), annexer (to attach), polluer (to pollute), réviser (to review), recevoir (to receive), médiatiser (to give publicity in the media)

-ure
brûler (to burn) – brûlure

Do the same with verbs casser (to break), peindre (to paint), rompre (to break), mordre (to bite), relier (to link), couvrir (to cover), couper (to cut)

-age
bricoler (to tinker with) – bricolage

Do the same with verbs barrer (to block), chômer (to be idle), sonder (to poll, survey), emballer (to pack), masser (to assemble), recycler (to recycle), jardiner (to do some gardening), espionner (to spy on)

-ée
traverser (to cross) – traversée

Do the same with verbs plonger (to dive), flamber (to singe), arriver (to arrive), monter (to go up), penser (to think), avancer (to advance), tomber (to fall)

-ance
tolérer (to tolerate) – tolérance

Do the same with verbs naître (to be born), assister (to assist), confier (to entrust), espérer (to hope), descendre (to go down), résister (to resist), croître (to grow)

-eur
balader (to stroll) – baladeur

Do the same with verbs interrompre (to interrupt), aspirer (to aspire to), ordonner (to order), battre (to beat), contenir (to contain)

-euse
tondre (to shear) – tondeuse
percer (to pierce), shampouiner (to shampoo), agrafer (to fasten together), poncer (to sand), veiller (to watch over), couver (to overprotect, to sit on [eggs])

The answer will come next Tuesday, June 5! So leave your anwers in the comment area, ok?

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