Propre = own / clean (adjectives that change meaning according to position)

Note that certain adjectives change their meanings depending if they appear before or after the noun.

Look at these uses of propre:

Mon propre vélo
My own bike

Mon vélo propre
My clean bike

Before the noun, propre means 'own', but after the noun it means 'clean'.

 

NB: generally adjectives appear after the noun, but some very common adjectives go before.

 

See also: 

Ancien = former / old (adjectives that change meaning according to position) 

Cher= dear / expensive (adjectives that change meaning according to position) 

Certain = specific / sure (adjectives that change meaning according to position) 

Dernier = final / previous (adjectives that change meaning according to position)

Vrai = real / true (adjectives that change meaning according to position)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources


Mon vélo propre
My clean bike


Mon propre vélo
My own bike


Q&A

Sara

Kwiziq community member

31 October 2017

1 reply

What about 'amour-propre' which means love of oneself, not clean love?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

31 October 2017

31/10/17

Bonjour Sara,
Alors, the dictionary gives this French phrase for «self-loathing» --> «dégoût de soi» (it does not give a definition for self-love) -- so taking this structure it appears that the phrase would be «self-love» --> «amour de soi».
«Amour-propre» translates as «self-esteem».
J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisé par le monde français depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet

Ron (un locuteur non natif )

William

Kwiziq community member

5 July 2017

1 reply

can we say "mon propre vélo propre" ?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

7 July 2017

7/07/17

Bonjour William !

Oui, absolument !
It would mean "my own clean bike" :)

Bonne journée !
Clever stuff underway!