French adjectives often have a masculine and a feminine form. Beau is the masculine, and belle the feminine form of the adjective meaning beautiful. So, if you are talking about a man or masculine object you use beau, if talking about a woman or a feminine object use belle.
Masculine and feminine are sometimes the same, such as magnifique (very beautiful/wonderful), and sometimes you just have to add an "e" at the end, such as joli/jolie (pretty).
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Beautiful (when talking about a man or masculine object)
Beautiful (when talking about a woman or a feminine object)
Pretty (when talking about a man or masculine object)
Elle est jolie
She is pretty
If you want to compliment a man or a woman about his/her looks in French, you can say:
Nous avons une belle vue.
We have a beautiful view.
C'est une vue à couper le souffle.
It's a breathtaking view.
Ce paysage est magnifique.
This landscape is very beautiful.
If you want to talk about the beauty of a landscape, for example, you can use expressions like:
Tu es beau
You're handsome. (masculine)
Tu es belle.
You're beautiful. (feminine)
Je te trouve très beau.
I find you very beautiful. (masculine)
Tu es d'une grande beauté.
You're very beautiful.
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