Updated: Apr 18, 2019
Salut mes chers amis!
Hello my dear friends! I believe you are all doing very good, and hope the class has been of immense help to you.
This time, we will be looking into french articles. If you have understood the lesson on gender of french nouns very well, then you'll have little or no challenge with understanding the french articles.
Have you or you may have noticed that in french language, nouns don't exist in isolation. They often have a small variable word that is placed before them to indicate their gender (masculine/feminine) and number (singular/plural).
In some cases, this small variable word may not be translated in English just like in "La chaise - Chair". It may not necessarily be translated as "the chair" except for specificity as it is in the case of definite articles.
We will be treating 2 different types of articles in french which are: definite articles (les articles définis) and indefinite articles (les articles indéfinis).
Our focus for today is going to be on the first which is "definite article". Read carefully and take note where necessary.
1. Definite article (l'article défini):
A definite article is an article that introduces a noun and specifies it as the particular noun that is being considered. It shows precision about a particular noun in question. In english language, the only definite article we have is "THE". So, if i say "go call me the boy" you can be sure of whom to call because the article attached to "boy" is specific and precise. Gotten? Comprenez? ( do you get It?)
There are 4 types of definite articles in french language. Reason being that the definite article a word carries is determined by its gender (masculine/féminine) and its number (singular or plural).