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

"A round girl"

April 11, 2013

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

I don't understand when an adjective should go before or after the noun it is describing: 'une robe propre' or 'une propre robe'?


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

Unfortunately there are many exceptions that we have to learn as we go. Ronde just happens to be one of them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leafar31

adjectives that are about beauty, age, good/bad and size are almost all the exceptions Ici unne bonne link! ;) http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_4.htm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maeve43

i guess ronde is not a description of size, as per your BANGS rule


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lmg743

Indeed, ronde describes shape and not size.


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

Indeed, you could be a round but very small person!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isagrace15

How are we supposed to know which words have exceptions and which don't if they don't tell us.


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

Anyone wondering about order of adjectives just google 'french BAGS adjectives' it's a mnemonic device that helps you remember which ones go in front. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

I used that mnemonic device and it didn't work. In the "BANGS" mnemonic device it list Size adjectives as adjectives that come before the noun which I followed and it didn't work. I put "Une ronde fille" and that was wrong.


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

How is round = size?


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

i got it wrong too. but when i open this http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_4.htm shape(round) is in the position which needs to be after the noun. and now i finally understand :D


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

I did't understand.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/barbz.nz

I am having the same problem, is there a magic rule


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yangyang.chen

we have to remember these exceptions...


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

why 'une ronde fille 'is incorrect?


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

Round is not size, technically, it is a shape. I think that's why based on the BAGS/BANGS rule it still comes after the noun.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yogalina1

It doesn't make sense to me that you will say 'une belle fille', yet in the next sentence 'une fille ronde', you put the adjective after the noun. How do we distinguish when to put an adjective before or after a noun??

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