https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matthewmazurek

Beau/Bel/Belle

I was confused about the usage of beau/bel/belle and other similarly formed words. I thought I'd share my findings for others who were also a little perplexed by this:

masc. + consonant: beau, fou, mou, nouveau, vieux

masc. + vowel or h+vowel: bel, fol, mol, nouvel, vieil

fem. + consonant/vowel: belle, folle, molle, nouvelle, vieille

eg. un beau monsieur est un bel homme, dit la belle femme

Correct me if I'm mistaken! :)

June 12, 2012

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sydney.MacDonald

Yes, that is correct.

June 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cwilliam

To clarify, it's the sound at the beginning of the word that matters with the masculine nouns, not the letter. Homme obviously starts with a consonant, but because it's a vowel sound "beau homme" would be awkward to say, so bel is used.

August 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Josh5now

Shouldn't it depend on if the 'h' is H aspiré or H muet ? Like <<Beau homard>>

May 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/icybreeze9

Yes. The H muet is considered as a vowel sound and the H aspiré is considered as a consonant sound.

November 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sauderj

Ah, the light bulb just went on! Thank you, thank you for clarifying that.

October 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mc.Beck

thanks a lot : )

September 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janpol_Garcia

That was enlightening! :D Thanks! :D

December 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usha695174

Thank you for this!! :D

September 10, 2017
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