The noun (called le nom in French) is a word to describe things, beings, and abstract concepts (e.g. la cuillère, la femme, le temps). Nouns are usually used with their articles in French.
In French, there are masculine and feminine nouns. In the dictionary you will often see the abbreviations m (masculine) and f (feminine). For people and animals, the article usually corresponds to actual biological gender.
- la femmethe woman
- la serviettethe towel
- le tapisthe carpet
Nouns are generally used with their article in French. The article tells us the gender (masculine, feminine) and the number (singular, plural). There are indefinite articles (un, une, des) and definite articles (le, la, les).
- un/le garçona/the boy
- une/la copinea/the girlfriend
- des/les glaces-/the ice creams
The plural is normally constructed with an s in French. However, there are some exceptions.
- la pièce – les piècesthe room – the rooms
- le journal – les journauxthe newspaper – the newspapers