Colours in French: Adjectives
Free French Grammar + Listening practice for Children:
Colours are adjectives. In French they go after the word they describe.
The white dog becomes the dog white:
Le chien blanc.
Most of the simple colours in French, except for Orange and Marron, change their endings to agree with the word (noun) they describe.
The green pencil
= Le crayon vert
The green car
= La voiture verte
The green pencils
= Les crayons verts
The green cars
= Les voitures vertes
– Orange and Marron never change their endings.
They are called invariable colours.
– Colour Combinations and colours which have clair (light) or foncé (dark) added to them are also invariable and never change:
la voiture vert foncé = the dark green car
Study this table for more information on gender and singular and plural endings.
Then watch, listen and join in with the video clips below:
Colours in French Video Clip:
Clear sentences to illustrate when and how colours agree with the nouns they describe in French:
Study these examples illustrated on the video above:
1. La fleur(f) est bleue
…. The flower is blue
2. La fleur(f) est bleu clair
…. The flower is light blue
3. Le camion bleu clair a des bûches(fpl) marron.
…. The light blue truck has some brown logs
4. Les fleurs(fpl) roses sont jolies
…. The pink flowers are pretty
5. Les fleurs(fpl) sont vert foncé
…. The flowers are dark green
To reinforce the position of colours after the noun in French, here is a second video for more listening and oral practice:
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