lundi 20 décembre 2010

All about French Nouns: Focus on Gender

By Mary Naber Burns

Universal Publishers, 1998
ISBN: 1-58112-871-1

Of the forty-three thousand words in a comprehensive French dictionary, almost thirty-three are nouns. Determining the gender of these nouns is one of the great stumbling blocks on the road to learning French. Although it is true that gender becomes a factor in dealing with articles, adjectives, past participles and pronouns, these four parts of speech modify or refer to nouns, whether expressed or implied; noun gender is always the initiating factor. Noun gender is the problem.

In here, Mary Naber Burns regroups nouns under two gender rules: masculine and feminine listes. Great work but too much focus on ending patterns as usual...