French Grammar

By taking the time to understand how the French language works, you'll be able to speak French naturally, and read and write in French. We know this can be one of the more challenging parts of your course, and we’re here to help! You can browse the topics, do a search in the top right corner of this page, or start a new conversation. Don’t be shy!

Je viens de...

Bonjour, Est-ce qu'on dit "Je viens de Canada" ou "Je viens du Canada". Egalement, Je viens de la France/de France? Encore plus, "au sud de la France" ou "au sud de France"? Merci par avance! Mira K.

4 replies - Last post by fozo-1 - January 31, 2012

Avoir and Etre

Conjugation?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

l'une & une

Hi I am Shirley, would like to know the difference between, l'une des and une des, it was extractd from "Le francaise est l'une de six langues offcielles". Thanks Shirley

6 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

Introducing your wife to someone.

Bonsoir. Is the following how I would introduce my wife Catherine to someone: "Je vous presente mon femme Catherine." I would like to make sure the grammar is correct. Any help on this would be appreciated. Merci.

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

Pronouns

I have always had a hard time with pronouns. Would you say, for example, that 'Est-ce qu'on offre du porc aux vegetariens?' would be 'Je ne les offre pas a eux'? or 'Estes-vous celibataire?' would it be 'Non, je ne l'ai pas'? or 'Pensez-vous passer les v...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

A little bit of French | I speak a little French

Bonjour, Je m'appelle Rick. Je viens des New York. When I meet a French-speaking person, after an appropriate introduction of course I wish to tell them right off that I only know a limited amount of French. Is the correct way to say this as follows?: "Je...

13 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

Avoir and Etre

Conjugation?

0 replies - Last post by Annie-H - January 4, 2012

Avoir and Etre

Conjugation?

0 replies - Last post by Annie-H - January 4, 2012

test question

Je suis un peu confus. One of the questions that I missed on one of the early tests was: What is the French word for "little"? One of the choices was "peu" and another was "petit" I choose "little" which was marked ...

6 replies - Last post by neda-t - January 3, 2012

Verbs

Which lessons cover verb endings for the present, past and future tenses? How can I skip to earlier lessons quickly? Jake

3 replies - Last post by Sami-Zaki - December 9, 2011

Referring to him when the subject is a woman

I have started reading French news by copying and pasting on the I translate app and have noticed that where the article is talking about a woman, the translation says 'him' where I think it should say 'her' etc, is this to do with the app or is there a r...

1 reply - Last post by 2679 - November 8, 2011

When to use bonjour or salut

When should I use salut or bonjour? I am not sure if one is less formal or should be used with people you know well?

4 replies - Last post by Mounir-C - August 4, 2011

Masculine/Feminine

I (surprisingly) remember a lot of verbs, tenses etc from school French decades ago. I never did get or understand the masculine/feminine though. ie le table or la table. Is there somewhere I can find instructions on this and how important is getting it r...

2 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - July 6, 2011

Quiz 4.2.1

Hi, I have just done this quiz and the answer for one of the questions was "Mettre le table". I thought table was feminine so it should be la table, but does the word in front affect it. Any help appreciated please.

2 replies - Last post by Dinesh-G - June 15, 2011

Informal negation question

Bonjour Tout le monde I have just been going through lesson 13.8 and I am understanding it but one of the negations slightly confused me. It's this one here: Il y a plus de lait dans le frigo. There is no more milk in the fridge. I see you have gott...

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - May 20, 2011

french

I ma really interested in aa the languuanges and I will like to speak half of the languanges in the future

2 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - May 6, 2011

m'aider

Lesson 1.8 Culture I don't understand why in, ''Excusez-moi, pouvez-vous m’aider s’il vous plaît? Excuse me, can you please help me?''. why,in m'aider, is the verb aider still in it's neutral form.

9 replies - Last post by Sami-Zaki - May 5, 2011

De bouteilles?

Why does Claire say "D'ordinaire nous ne vendons pas de bouteilles non ouvertes" Shouldn't it be "des"?

5 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - February 21, 2011

lesson 7.5

Hi,. in lesson 7.5 ça fait longtemps qu'on ne s'est vu is that right or we should say ça fait longtemps qu'on ne s'a pas vu is it verb etre or avoir thank you.....

1 reply - Last post by Pascal-P - January 30, 2011

Plus vs Plus

I've noticed in the lessons there is a distinction made between "plus" (pronounced pluh) and "plus" (pronounced plusse). I saw the following distinction for one example on another website, but still not sure all bases are covered: Je ne t'aime plus = I d...

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - December 8, 2010

Decimals

In the lessons we are taught about the decimal point being "virgule", e.g. Two point five = deux virgule cinq. However, my understanding is that virgule is actually a comma, and the reason it is used like this is that French standard notation is to use a ...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 9, 2010

Une douzaine

From lesson 1.10, Une douzaine de films = About 12 films. So how would we say "A dozen films?"

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 5, 2010

is it?- je veux aller maison or.......

Is it =Je veux aller maison or Je veux aller la maison? Also what does the "a" mean in= "machine a laver"

3 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 2, 2010

Approximation

I see from lesson 1.10 that "plus ou moins" is a good approximation language tool. However I've also heard something similar to "un peu prés". Is this correct? Are there others?

0 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 2, 2010

du dejeuner & de dormir

Hi,, May I ask about "du dejeuner" & de dormir...I know du here means de le so it becomes du....but why we did not say du dormir too... that was in lesson 1.11 "c'est l'heure du dejeuner" & c'est l'heure de dormir thank you...

6 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 2, 2010

Translation of " It's not here"

In lesson 10.3, the second sentence goes, " C'est pa ici, ca." I understand that the "ne" is often dropped, but why use "ca" at the end of the sentence? A suggestion for this lesson would be to have Lauren answer that ques...

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 2, 2010

vous apportez

I just finished going through lesson 1.4, Avoir Soif, and I am confused about the formal version of "I'll bring it to you." In both the audio lesson and written in the extra vocabulary section, this phrase is translated to "Je vous apporte ca." But my d...

5 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 1, 2010

verbs

I there anywhere in the course I can view verbs in a list so I can make sense of the endings, I', finding it hard just to memorise phrases without understanding.

5 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 1, 2010

TU AS or IL Y A

et en plus tu as une ambiance formidable avec la danse et la musique. This phrase in your course is translated as "and plus there is a........ I thought "there is or there are" was translated as il y a not tu as.

1 reply - Last post by Allan-M - November 1, 2010

S'il Vous Plait

Oliver B – October 25, 2010, 2:17 pm Hi, I was just wondering what the abbreviated 'S' in S’il vous plait and S’il te plait stands for - is it 'Se' or 'Si' perhaps? Thanks Oliver.

1 reply - Last post by Allan-M - November 1, 2010

Essay writing

in college we have been asked to write passage on our family(Le famille). I don't know french words for different members of the family. Also could you tell me some useful words which i could also include in the passage. Merci beaucoup

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 19, 2010

Dans une Boutique de Souvenirs

Hi, I was wondering why it is not des souvenirs ?? thank you

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - September 14, 2010

En

J'ai une grande valise noire et une petite valise verte. Mais j'en ai besoin d'une autre. Why do we need 'en' in there?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - September 14, 2010

1.5: liaison?

Hi, In lesson 1.5, when Claire says this sentence "Toutes les chambres ont une salle de bain privée.", she links "ont" with "une", and not "chambres' with "ont". How do we know what to link when we're saying a...

3 replies - Last post by Scorpio - September 12, 2010

struggling with grammar!

Hi, I am on my first section of grammar, 1.6 to 1.8 and was so doing very well till I started this section and now I am feeling very low, I am just not getting and of the grammar stuff at all, I cant seem to get any of it to sink in, can anyone help me as...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - August 30, 2010

TU AS or IL Y A

et en plus tu as une ambiance formidable avec la danse et la musique. This phrase in your course is translated as "and plus there is a........ I thought "there is or there are" was translated as il y a not tu as.

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - July 16, 2010

grammar trouble

why is "I will sing" be "je chantera" Shouldn't it be "je chanterai" :?: In the book i have, the future tense for the i form is chanterai. Chantera is the he/she form.

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 16, 2010

grammer

IN 2.4 WHY WAS IT EN CE MOMENT AND NOT A CE MOMENT

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 16, 2010

le lit or lit?

If someone asks you what is french for bed. Do you tell them "le lit" or "lit."

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - May 17, 2010

Need help to pronounce the following words.

I am visiting Paris in one week time. I am very new to French. so I need help to pronounce the following in French correctly, just in case I got lost. Hotel Berne Opera La rue de Rome metro line 4 river seine Where is the metro station to ...

0 replies - Last post by TimLee - March 27, 2010

pronunoiation of 'faite'

In Rocket French advanced lesson 2.2 Prendre de l'essence, the use of the past participle in the phase 'vous l'avez faite' involves the spelling and pronunciation 'faite' with the 't' pronounced - in lieu of 'fait' - the reason is not given in the lesso...

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 27, 2010

je ne parle qu' Anglais (from lesson 1.3)

Failed to get this meaning out of the lesson: "I speak only English" It seems to literally translate "I do not speak that English". can anyone offer an explanation?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - December 16, 2009

Go to, come from

I'm a little confused. Hope someone could tell me which is correct: Je vais a la France. Je vais en France. Je viens de France. Je viens en France. Merci beaucoup. Yoke-Lim

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - December 16, 2009

Lesson 7.3

In the phrase "tout ce qu'il nous faut" which apparantly means "all we need to do--" makes sense because "we" = nous. But, the phrase for " all I need to do" is "tout ce qu'il ma faut" ( spelling? ) . ...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - December 16, 2009

Question about using Mes compliments!

Would you ever use "Mes compliments" to greet anybody? Is it too formal? Thanks! Jeremy

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - December 15, 2009

translation of "we went to pick him up at the airport"

Hi everyone, got a quick beginner's question: *Nous lui avons recontré à l'aéroport.* Is the best way to say "we picked him up at the airport"? Also, how would you translate "we helped him carry the luggage" and "we drove him h...

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - December 15, 2009

Reflexive Verbs and Past Tense

Suppose I wanted to say "I shaved this morning", would that be "Je me suis rase(?) ce matin" ? MFW

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 8, 2009

Passé Composé

I don't seem to be able to find any reference to Passé Composé in the package. Has this tense been forgotten (I hope not, because it's continually referred to in all the other French instructional courses we use), or is it called something else? For exa...

9 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - September 6, 2009

Etre and Avoir in Perfect Past Tense

With Perfect Past Tense is there a way to know which verb of Etre or Avoir is used with the second verb other than memorizing every verb? Thank you, MFW

2 replies - Last post by MFW - September 1, 2009

Mega Verbs

Pour votre information.....Lorsque j'utilise les "MegaVerbs" j'ai remarqué qu'il y a des cas où l'audio me donne la réponse est fausse quand elle est correcte.

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - August 26, 2009

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