Banals/Banaux

engenious

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2 February 2018

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Banals/Banaux

Is this pair also interchangeable? This test question suggest otherwise: Which one of these plural forms is wrong? : géniaux, banaux, généraux, totaux

This relates to:
Forming the plural of adjectives ending in -al (exceptions) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

2 February 2018

2/02/18

No, the masculine plural form of "banal" is "banals".

.....except in the very rare case when the adjective "banal" us used in its other meaning: feudal (as in the "feudal system"). In that case the plural masculin is "banaux": "les moulins banaux" = the feudal mills where peasants could mill their grain paying a fraction of it to the lord of the land.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

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