Colours in French + Agreements
Free French grammar + printable exercise, online quiz, + video for listening/speaking practice:
Colours are adjectives. In French they go after the word they describe.
The white dog becomes the dog white:
Le chien blanc.
Most 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
Invariable colours never change their endings. They are:
Orange and Marron, colour combinations, and colours which have clair (light) or foncé (dark) added to them.
La fleur orange / La fleur de couleur orange
Le camion orange / Le camion de couleur orange
Navy blue (colour combination = invariable):
La voiture bleu marine
Le camion bleu marine
Dark green (dark/light + colour = invariable):
La voiture vert foncé
Le camion vert foncé
Study this table for more information on gender and singular and plural endings.
Then watch, listen and join in with the video clips below:
Clear sentences to illustrate when and how colours agree with the nouns they describe in French:
Colours in French + Agreements Quiz Test
#1. The car is red. The taxi is yellow.
#2. The truck is red and white.
#3. The sky is purple. The flowers are purple.
#4. The car is blue.
#5. The car is light blue. ? Adding light or dark to a colour in French stops it from agreeing with the noun ...
#6. It's an orange flower. It's an orange truck.
#7. One ball is green and two balls are grey.
#8. The flowers are yellow and white.
#9. The truck is red. The flowers are red.
#10. The dogs are black and white.
Printable Worksheet: Colours in French Worksheet
Click here for practice describing animals by their colour using c’est + il est: Animals in French + Colours
More practice re position of colours AFTER the noun in French:
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