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Le futur simple Posted by on May 20, 2021

‘Le futur simple’ – the simple future Le futur simple in French is used to discuss future plans, intentions, or predictions. In English, we use ‘will’ or ‘shall’ when expressing the future. Keep reading to discover how to form the future simple tense in French. _______________________________________________________________ Take the infinitive of the verb and add the…

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The Ultimate Transparent French Blog 2016 Year in Review Quiz Posted by on Jan 5, 2017

Another year has come and gone, and what a year it was. The team at Transparent has had a lot of fun writing articles for you every week, but now we’re going to test to see how much you retained 😉 In 2016, the French blog received almost one million hits! We also added another…

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Les Petites Noires Chaussures? Ou Les Petites Chaussures Noires? (Adjective Placement in French) Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

So, which one is right? Les petites noires chaussures? Or … les petites chaussures noires? Believe it or not, there are rules governing proper adjective placement in English, too, although we are not typically aware of them. Native English speakers typically can “feel out” whether something is correct or not by how it sounds. This is why you…

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How to Avoid the French Subjunctive Posted by on Feb 16, 2015

This is my fourth and final post in the series on forming and using the subjunctive mood in French. If you haven’t guessed already based, the subjunctive is vital to speaking (and writing) French like a native — that’s why I’ve dedicated so much time to it. However, many students are still quite intimidated by…

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That tricky French U! Posted by on Jan 6, 2015

There are many tricky parts to learning a foreign language. There’s new grammar, there are new and sometimes bizarre expressions and idioms, and there are of course new sounds. For native English speakers, there are a few sounds in French that are a little difficult to pronounce. And of course, just because you know the…

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Quiz: Masculine or feminine? Posted by on Jun 18, 2010

Le ou la? (Le or la ?) ___ poème ___ Mexique (too soon ? Désolée, les Bleus !) ___ Cambodge (Cambodia) ___ problème ___ programme ___ thème ___ lycée  (secondary school, high school) ___ cimetière (cemetery) ___ musée (museum) ___ stade (stadium) Ready ? I’m betting (je parie) that a lot of you got 10 out of 10……

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