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un and une in french

Both of the words une and un mean the same thing, a. But i have been getting answers wrong by putting "un femme" thats because une is feminine and un is masulaur and same thing with vowels. If thee french word has a vowel as the first letter, it is une if it doesnt, it is un Examples une orange un chat un chien une femme une fille un homme

Please correct me if im wrong, thanks!

January 3, 2018



From what it sounds like you're saying, no this isn't correct. A vowel at the beginning of the word does not denote gender. If that was the case then une femme wouldn't start with a consonant. Also considering that the word "femme" means "woman", it's pretty clear that needs a feminine article.

There are endings that can denote whether a word is masculine or feminine; i.e. the endings -aide, -eau, -isme, and -oir are generally masculine and the endings -ade, -ance, -tié, and -ture are generally feminine.

However, these aren't super solid and for the most part whether or not a word is masculine or feminine is arbitrary convention and just something you have to memorize.


Suessolok, thank you for the endings guideline!


You are not wrong at anything and my name is Pavan


it's ok to get answers wrong, just keep practicing. And you should see improvement.

Or you can take notes while you practice, that may help you learn and retain them faster.

It is, unfortunately, a matter of learning which words are masculine and which are feminine.

At least French is not like German, where the nouns can be Masculine, Feminine or Neutral!

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