French nouns have a gender. For instance, ‘a chair’ is feminine, and ‘an armchair’ is masculine. The gender of a noun is expressed in the companion article: A or THE in French can be masculine or feminine. For instance, you may say un mode to translate ‘a method’ and une mode to say ‘a fashion’. Therefore, it’s important to memorize the gender of the article with every new noun you learn. You wouldn’t want to serve cat food – pâtée – to your guests instead of pâté.
You might also be interested in the Plural in French.
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Masculin et Féminin
French Gender – General Rules
French Gender – General Rules – Le genre des noms – Règles générales – Is the word masculine or feminine?
The gender – knowing if a word is masculine or feminine – is not always logical. For instance, why do you say un livre (a book) and une livre (half a pound)? Learn French with Anne at FrenchHour.com
Nouns with both genders
Nouns with both genders – Les noms avec les 2 genres – Some French nouns have both genders. They look and sound somewhat similar, but they have two different meanings. Here is a list to start you with.