- Beau, Vieux, Nouveau
We have already covered the topic of agreement of the adjectives in Frech. And, as you might have noticed, there are quite a few exceptions that make this topic a little complicated. Let's take a look at a certain group of them - three adjectives that have different endings when used in different genders and numbers.
Un beau garçon.
A beautiful boy.
Beau, Vieux, Nouveau
Rule 1: The adjectives beau (beautiful), vieux (old), and nouveau (new) are irregular. They have two masculine forms in the singular form:
|Masculine/consonant||Masculine/vowel or silent h||Feminine|
Rule 2: The masculine singular forms change before a silent h and vowels:
Un nouvel ami.
A new friend.
Rule 3: The feminine singular forms have a change in spelling:
Une belle femme.
A beautiful woman.
Rule 4: The masculine plural forms end in -x:
Des vieux ordinateurs.
Rule 5: The feminine plural forms have the change in spelling and end with -s:
Les belles fleurs.
Un _ homme