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Place des adjectifs
THE PLACE OF THE ADJECTIVES
Generally, adjectives follow nouns.
C'est un film drôle. => It's a funny film.
L'ouvrier a besoin d'un outil neuf. =>The workman needs a new tool.
But some adjectives precede the noun.
Bon good / mauvais bad / grand big – great / petit small- little,-petty
Jeune young / vieux old- aged / long long / beau beautiful / faux false
Gros fat– big / nouveau new / joli nice - beautiful.
Ce film est un bon film. =>This movie is a good movie.
Marie est une jolie fille => Mary is a nice girl.
A few adjectives change meaning when placed before the noun.
Generally when they are placed after the noun, they keep their literal meaning and when placed before it, they take on a figurative sense.
Un ancien enseignant = a former teacher
Un enseignant ancien = An aged teacher
Je préfère garder ma propre maison = I prefer to keep my own house
Je préfère garder ma maison propre = I prefer keeping my house clean.
Un grand homme = a great man
Un homme grand = a big man
…. Etc …
In the following exercise, piece the sentences together; (all have a literal meaning).
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