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Gender and Colour

Why do some colours like green (vert/verte) change with gender, while colours like red (rouge) do not?

May 16, 2020




If the word already ends with ‘e’, then it already has the normal feature of a feminine ‘agreement’ for adjectives such as colour, like the example you give: rouge

This would not just apply to colours, but to any adjective ending in ‘e’ in the masculine form.

The same kind of ‘agreement’ exception also goes for plurality. E.g. ‘mon fils’ (my son) becomes ‘mes fils’ (my sons) in the plural form, because the normal addition of ‘s’ or ‘-es’ is not required since the singular ‘fils’ already ends with the ‘s’ sound and spelling.

I hope this is relevant and/or helpful

Best wishes:)


my son's

mes fils = my sons. Without an apostrophe. Don't use an apostrophe in the plural form. This is wrong usage of the language.


It was an auto-correct typo thanks. Now edited

I am grateful for you highlighting this as I hate the ‘greengrocer’s apostrophe’ (or is it greengrocers’?? )



Excellent explanation, Donna! Tres bien!


Why thank you SonteeSont. You’re too kind :)


Good to know: Orange and marron (as adjectives, not nouns) are invariable in both gender and number.

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