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Adjectives ending with mute -e don't change in the feminine form

You probably already know the first rule of adding an 'e' to make a feminine adjective (See previous lesson Make most adjectives feminine by adding -e):

Il y a un rat gris et une souris grise.
There is a grey rat and a grey mouse.

Now look at these cases:

J'ai acheté un sac rouge et une robe rouge.
I bought a red bag and a red dress.

Il connaît un garçon timide et une fille timide.
He knows a shy boy and a shy girl.

Je me suis cassé le bras gauche et la main gauche.
I broke my left arm and my left hand.

Notice that when the adjective already ends in a mute -e in the masculine form, it stays the same in the feminine form.

 

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Examples and resources

J'ai acheté un sac rouge et une robe rouge.
I bought a red bag and a red dress.


Il y a un rat gris et une souris grise.
There is a grey rat and a grey mouse.


mute -e


Je me suis cassé le bras gauche et la main gauche.
I broke my left arm and my left hand.


J'ai un stylo rouge et une règle rouge.
I've got a red pen and a red ruler.


Il connaît un garçon timide et une fille timide.
He knows a shy boy and a shy girl.


regular


Le pull vert est dans la voiture verte.
The green jumper is in the green car.


Q&A

Maria

Kwiziq community member

30 August 2016

1 reply

how will i know if it is a mute e

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

30 August 2016

30/08/16

Bonjour Maria,

An unaccented e at the end of a word is always mute.
Getting that for you now.