Is feus not a correct mpl. inflection for feu?

DerekC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Is feus not a correct mpl. inflection for feu?

WordReference supports feus as correct and feux as an synonym/substitute for feu, so I'm a bit confused. Your expertise would be much appreciated here. Merci d'avance pour l'aide !

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AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

It seems that feu also exists as an adjective meaning "late", i.e. deceased, so the mpl form would then be feus. However, in the more normal use as a noun, meaning "fire" etc.,  the plural is feux.

DerekC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Ah oui, vous avez bien raison, Alan. Je viens de relire l'entrée sur WR. C'est clair que le forme << feus >> est toujours adjectival. Interesting that inflection for the adjective form varies only when preceded by a possessive determiner or definite article, i.e. (la feue Reine / feu la Reine). Language is just ever so fun. Thanks for the help!

Is feus not a correct mpl. inflection for feu?

WordReference supports feus as correct and feux as an synonym/substitute for feu, so I'm a bit confused. Your expertise would be much appreciated here. Merci d'avance pour l'aide !

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