De in French: The Ultimate Guide to the Essential French Word

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De is one of the most frequently used words in French, but it’s also one of the trickiest. You’ll see it almost everywhere. It can be both an indefinite article and a preposition. It can represent a group of something, or its absence. It can be used in positive and negative statements. It can be …

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How to Easily Guess the Gender of French Nouns with 80% Accuracy

How to Easily Guess the Gender of French Nouns with 80% Accuracy

Feminine, or masculine? That is the question you often ask yourself as a French learner. After hours trying to figure out why féminisme (feminism) is masculine and masculinité (masculinity) is feminine, you’ve come to the most logical conclusion: the gender of French nouns was randomly chosen by a bunch of sadistic  linguists. Actually, this is …

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Voler: A Mild-Mannered French Verb with an Exciting Double Life

It always makes me smile when I see voler in no particular context, because I think, “Is this one up to no good?"

On the surface, the French verb voler is simple and straightforward. It’s a regular verb that doesn’t bend the rules in any way.  But when it comes to what it means, that’s when you discover that there’s more to it than you think. Voler means “to fly” – but it also means “to steal”. It …

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