French grammar
French grammar is the grammar of the French language, which in many respects is quite similar to that of the other Romance languages.French is a moderately inflected language. Nouns and most pronouns ...
French verbs
French verbs are a part of speech in French grammar. Each verb lexeme has a collection of finite and non-finite forms in its conjugation scheme.Finite forms depend on grammatical tense and person/numb...
French articles and determiners
In French, articles and determiners are required on almost every common noun, much more so than in English. They are inflected to agree in gender (masculine or feminine) and number (singular or plural...
French adverbs
French adverbs, like their English counterparts, are used to modify adjectives, other adverbs, and verbs or clauses. They do not display any inflection; that is, their form does not change to reflect ...
French pronouns
French pronouns are inflected to indicate their role in the sentence (subject, direct object, and so on), as well as to reflect the person, gender, and number of their referents.
French has a comp...
Gabriel Girard (priest)
Gabriel Girard (1677, Montferrand – 4 February 1748, Montferrand) was a French churchman and grammarian, notable as the author of the first work on synonyms published in France.He was chaplain to the ...
Passé composé
Passé composé ([pase kɔ̃pɔze], compound past) is the most commonly used past tense in the modern French language. It is used to express an action that has been completed at the time of speech, or at s...
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William Dwight Whitney
William Dwight Whitney (/ˈwɪtni/; 1827–1894) was an American linguist, philologist, and lexicographer who edited The Century Dictionary.
William Dwight Whitney was born in Northampton, Massachuset...
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François-Urbain Domergue
François-Urbain Domergue ([fʁɑ̃swa yʁbɛ̃ dɔmɛʁɡ]; 24 March 1745, Aubagne – 29 May 1810) was a French grammarian and journalist known for his Jacobin ideals .
Born to an apothecary, Domergue studi...
Le Bon Usage
Le Bon Usage ([lə bɔn‿yzaʒ], Good Usage), informally called Le Grevisse, is a prescriptive book about French grammar first published in 1936 by Maurice Grevisse, and periodically revised since. It de...
César Oudin
César Oudin (c. 1560 - 1 October 1625) was a French Hispanist, translator, paremiologist, grammarian and lexicographer.He translated into French La Galatea and the first part of Don Quixote.He wrote a...
Mais où est donc Ornicar ?
Mais où est donc Ornicar ?, or Mais où est donc Carnior ? in Quebec, is a French-language mnemonic that aids in remembering the language's coordinating conjunctions. The sentence literally t...
François Noël
François-Joseph-Michel Noël (12 January 1756, Saint-Germain-en-Laye - 29 January 1841, Paris) was a French humanist and diplomat.
A student then a professor at the collège Louis-le-Grand, Noël lef...
Jean-François Féraud
Jean-François Féraud (1725–1807) was a French Jesuit and grammarian.
Gabriel Dugrès
Gabriel Dugrès (fl. 1643) was a French Huguenot grammarian.
He was born at Saumur, and alludes obscurely to his origin in his Life of Richelieu, where, after stating that he came of a good family ...
André Goosse
André Goosse (born 1926 in Liège) is a Belgian grammarian born in 1926. The son-in-law of Maurice Grevisse, he took over editing and updating Grevisse's last book, Le Bon Usage. In 1988, he married...
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French verb morphology
In French, a verb is inflected to reflect its mood and tense, as well as to agree with its subject in person and number. Following the tradition of Latin grammar, the set of inflected forms of a Frenc...
French personal pronouns
The French personal pronouns (analogous to English I, we, you, and so on) reflect the person and number of their referent, and in the case of the third person, its gender as well (much like English's ...
Louis Maigret (grammarian)
Louis Maigret (or Meigret) was the author of the Tretté de la Grammaire française, which was published in 1550. This was the first grammatical description of French.
Malmberg, Bertil. 1991. Histoi...
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John Palsgrave
John Palsgrave (c. 1485 – 1554) was a priest of Henry VIII of England's court. He is known as a tutor in the royal household, and as a textbook author.
It is believed that John Palsgrave, wh...
Jean-Charles Laveaux
Jean-Charles Laveaux (1749–1827) was a French grammarian and translator.
Bescherelle
A Bescherelle is a French language grammar reference book best known for its verb conjugations volumes. It is named in honour of the 19th century French lexicographer and grammarian Louis-Nicolas Besc...
René Binet (translator)
René Binet (1731, near Beauvais – 1812, Paris) was a French professor and translator. He was professor of rhetoric at the collège du Plessis, rector of the Université de Paris in 1791, then proviseur ...
Louis de Courcillon
Louis de Courcillon, known as the abbé de Dangeau (January 1643, Paris - 1 January 1723, Paris) was a French churchman and grammarian, best known for being the first to describe the nasal vowels in th...
Passé simple
The passé simple ([pase sɛ̃pl], simple past or preterite), also called the passé défini ([pase defini], definite past), is the literary equivalent of the passé composé in the French language, used pre...
Maurice Grevisse
Maurice Grevisse ([moʁis ɡʁəvis]; 7 October 1895 — 4 July 1980) was a Belgian grammarian.
Born in Rulles, a small village in the province of Luxembourg, Belgium, Grevisse at a young age broke with...
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Charles Bruneau
Charles Bruneau (1883 - 1938) was a French grammarian, linguist and philologist.
French conjugation
French conjugation is the creation of derived forms of a French verb from its principal parts by inflection. French verbs are conventionally divided into three conjugations (conjugaisons) with the fol...
Subjunctive mood
The subjunctive is a grammatical mood found in many languages. Subjunctive forms of verbs are typically used to express various states of unreality such as wish, emotion, possibility, judgment, opinio...