Placement – Exercises

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Exercise

Is the adjective in the right place? (For incorrect sentences, you will see the correct solution when you click the speech bubble on the answers page.)

  1. J’ai un sac noir.
    J’ai un sac noir.|[I have a black rucksack.]|Usually the adjective comes after the noun.
  2. Nous avons fait un beau voyage.
    Nous avons fait un beau voyage.|[We had a lovely trip.]|Short, often-used adjectives come before the noun.
  3. Est-ce que tu as eu une note mauvaise?
    Est-ce que tu as eu une mauvaise note?|[Did you get a bad grade?]|Short, often-used adjectives come before the noun.
  4. Mon ami répare la machine à laver cassée.
    Mon ami répare la machine à laver cassée.|[My friend is fixing the broken washing machine.]|Usually the adjective comes after the noun.
  5. Où est-ce que je dois poser le vase petit?
    Où est-ce que je dois poser le petit vase?|[Where should I put the little vase?]|Short, often-used adjectives come before the noun.

Which translation is correct? Pay attention to adjective placement.

  1. Grand
    Napoleon was a great man.
    1st sentence: [Napoleon was a tall man.]|grand after a noun = tall|2nd sentence: [Napoleon was a great man.]|grand before a noun = great
  2. Ancien
    Here is my former teacher.
    1st sentence: [Here is my old teacher.]|ancien after a noun = old|2nd sentence: [Here is my former teacher.]|ancien before a noun = former
  3. Cher
    We bought an expensive car.
    1st sentence: [We bought an expensive car.]|cher after a noun = expensive|2nd sentence: [We bought a dear car.]|cher before a noun = dear
  4. Propre
    I’d like to have my own room.
    1st sentence: [I’d like to have my room clean.]|propre after a noun = clean|2nd sentence: [I’d like to have my own room.]|propre before a noun = own
  5. Drôle
    He told an amusing story.
    1st sentence: [He told an amusing story.]|drôle after a noun = amusing|2nd sentence: [He told a strange story.]|drôle before a noun = strange