How to tell if a noun is masculine or feminine in French?
Are there any tricks?
Well, usually, if the word ends with an -e it's feminine, but only sometimes so it's best to still memorize the genders :)
The "Tips & Notes" section at the end of the Animals lesson provides some general rules to help figure out whether a word is feminine or masculine. Those will help, but mainly we'll have to memorize.
On that same topic, I'm surprised that the Words list doesn't display next to each noun whether it is masculine or feminine. You can click on an individual word for that information, but it would be helpful to be able to display a list of all masculine nouns or all feminine nouns, to help with memorization.
There are many tricks, and equally as many exceptions to said tricks.
Well, a trick that I've developed is that when a word ends in "-aux", then it's masculine, while if a word ends in "-elle" or "-ere", then it's feminine. It's also feminine if the word ends in -euse.
Well, most feminine nouns end with -e, and if their is a possessive before the word, usually "ma" comes before the noun if it is feminine(with the exeption of "mon" if the noun begins with a vowel), and for the word the "la" comes before the noun if it is feminine
It can be tricky and ultimately, you'll end up having to memorize more than you can depend on any rules. Words that end in -sion or -tion are almost always feminine, as are words that end with -ière. If you know the gender of the words in Spanish or Italian, I'd say it's the same about 60% of the time, maybe more. (And guessing gender is easier in Spanish or Italian.)
How do I know whether or not to use Un or Une for a noun? Like, how do I know if a word is feminine or masculine? Do I say Un banane or Une banane?? (as an example) I'm so confused! thanks, sage