French Learning Video Blog, June 24, on French adverbs

French Learning Video Blog, June 24, on French adverbs

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ADJECTIVES BECOMING ADVERBS

Learn how to turn a French adjective into an adverb

COUCOU!

Question for you, right off the bat. What type of word is CHALEUREUSEMENT?

So… it’s an adverb.What is an adverb?… It’s the “how”… A word that tells you how an action is done.

LA FRANCE VOUS ACCUEILLE CHALEUREUSEMENT! VENEZ!

HOW TO FORM FRENCH ADVERBS

How do you form an adverb when you know the corresponding adjective?

Generally speaking, you can just add the suffix -MENT to the feminine form of the adjectives. Examples:

FRANC – FRANCHE – FRANCHEMENT

FROID – FROIDE – FROIDEMENT

ILS M’ONT ACCUEILLI FROIDEMENT. PAS AGRÉABLE DU TOUT.

If the adjective ends with a vowel, you just need to add the suffix -MENT. Example:

VRAI – VRAIMENT

PASSIONÉ – PASSIONÉMENT

AIMEZ PASSIONÉMENT, SINON C’EST PAS LA PEINE!

If the adjective ends with -ent, change that ending into -emment

VIOLENT – VIOLEMMENT

Careful with the pronunciation.

RÉCENT – RÉCEMMENT

RÉCEMMENT, JE ME SUIS RÉINSTALLÉE EN FRANCE!

If the adjective ends with -ant, change that ending into -amment

COURANT – COURAMMENT

VOUS PARLEZ FRANÇAIS COURAMMENT, VOUS? NON? BIENTÔT ALORS!

And of course, just like with any other rules, there are a few original words that will not fit into that smothering pattern!

EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE OF FRENCH ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS

Some adjectives will take an accent when being turned into adverbs:

PRECIS – PRÉCISÉMENT

ÉNORME – ÉNORMÉMENT

IL S’EST ÉNORMÉMENT ARRANGÉ, DITES DONC. IL EST CANON MAINTENANT!

And then others decide to take on another type of accent and stand out a little bit more.

GOULU – GOULÛMENT

Fun sounding word, isn’t it? There’s also

ASSIDU – ASSIDÛMENT

ALLEZ, ON APPREND LE FRANÇAIS ASSIDÛMENT S’IL VOUS PLAÎT! JE VÉRIFIERAI…

For now, enjoy the rest of your day or night, depending on what part of the world you’re in, and I’ll talk to you guy again next Monday.

BONNE FIN DE SEMAINE!

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