Vieux - singular or/and plural?

LarryB1Kwiziq community member

Vieux - singular or/and plural?

Hi,

I thought that "vieux" can be singular AND  plural but the quiz says it is only singular.

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Larry, 

The adjective 'vieux' can be singular or plural as in -

un vieux manteau = an old coat 

un vieux copain an old friend

but in front  an -h mute or a vowel, it will become 'vieil'  

un vieil homme 

un vieil hotel 

un vieil ami 

In the plural -

C'était de vieux amis = They were old friends

C'était de vieux hotels = They were old hotels

etc.

 

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

In the lesson it says that vieux doesn't change in the masculine plural -- and it doesn't (as opposed to beu, for example):

Le vieux homme -- The old man.
Les vieux hommes -- The old men.

But there is a different form of vieux for the masculine singular, if the noun starts with a vowel or h muet:

Un vieil amour. -- An old love.

Vieux - singular or/and plural?

Hi,

I thought that "vieux" can be singular AND  plural but the quiz says it is only singular.

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