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Forming the plural of nouns ending in -au or -eau

Look at these examples:

Je préfère ce château aux autres châteaux.
I prefer this castle to the other castles.

Le bateau rouge rejoint les autres bateaux.
The red boat is catching up with the other boats.

Andréa mange un gâteau, et je mange trois gâteaux !
Andrea eats one cake, and I eat three cakes !

Cette couronne a un joyau bleu et deux joyaux rouges.
This crown has one blue gem and two red gems.

 

Note that nouns ending in  -au, -eau take an -x in the plural form, and not an -s.

 

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Andréa mange un gâteau, et je mange trois gâteaux !
Andrea eats one cake, and I eat three cakes !


Le bateau rouge rejoint les autres bateaux.
The red boat is catching up with the other boats.


"Les pluriel des noms" by youlearnfrench.blogspot.com


Je préfère ce château aux autres châteaux.
I prefer this castle to the other castles.


Cette couronne a un joyau bleu et deux joyaux rouges.
This crown has one blue gem and two red gems.


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Q&A

Sherry

Kwiziq community member

2 January 2017

2 replies

Bonjour. Are "joyau" and "joyaux" pronounced correctly in the example above?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 January 2017

3/01/17

Bonjour Sherry !

Yes, both "joyau" and its plural form "joyaux" are pronounced the same way in French, as the "-x" is mute.

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne Année !

Sherry

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2017

20/01/17

Merci, Aurélie.
Getting that for you now.