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Shaz
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PostPosted: Sat 26 Jun 2004 13:30    Post subject: When talking about yourself...  Reply with quote

When talking about yourself and giving your opinion, as i am female, do i have to use the feminine form of words? For example, if im in a restuarant and the waitor takes my plate do i say c'était délicieux ou délicieuse? Please answer my question!
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Yann
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PostPosted: Sat 26 Jun 2004 15:16    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Hi Shaz,

In French, adjectives agree in number and gender with the noun or pronoun they modify.

A few examples :


  1. C'était délicieux (your example).
    Here délicieux modifies c', ie. ce, which is an invariable pronoun. So the adjective must be masculine.

  2. Cette viande était délicieuse
    Here, délicieux modifies viande, which is a feminine noun. So the adjective agrees in gender and takes the feminine form, ie. délicieuse.

  3. Je suis heureuse
    Here you are talking about yourself, and you are a female. The adjective heureux modifies the pronoun je. Since je stands for a woman, the adjective agrees in gender and takes the feminine form, ie. heureuse.

    If you were a male, then the sentence would be : Je suis heureux since je would stand for a man.

Hope this helps.
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Iwolss
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PostPosted: Sat 26 Jun 2004 15:39    Post subject:  Reply with quote

When you give your opinion about a thing, adjective gender is always those from the subject, not from the person who gives one's opinion.
In the case of an impersonal form, masculin gender predominates over feminin gender.


In your example:
Impersonal form --> C'était déliceux

Example with "une fête" (feminin) :
Normal form --> Elle était géniale
Impersonal form --> C'était génial
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