- The Basic Agreement
We have already covered the topic of the agreement of singular adjectives in French. In the case of the plural ones, the situation is the same - there is one general rule and a few exceptions.
Les belles maisons.
The Basic Agreement
Rule 1: The plural form of masculine adjectives is usually created by adding an -s ending:
Les bons garçons.
Rule 2: The plural form of feminine adjectives is usually created by adding an -es ending:
Les grandes maisons.
Exception: If the adjective already ends with an e, we only add -s:
Les feuilles jaunes.
Rule 3: If the adjective ends with -s or -x, it remains the same in the plural form:
Les fromages français.
Rule 4: If the adjective ends with -al, we construct the masculine plural form by changing it to -aux.
Les hymnes nationaux.
In that case, the feminine forms are also constructed by adding -es:
Les archives nationales.
The national archives.
However, note that there are several adjectives that end with -al - but their plural form is created by only adding -s or -es in masculine and feminine forms respectively.
Les phrases banales.
Les _ bols de lait