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French Reflexive Verbs: 6 Things You Should Know

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   I can sense your reaction. It goes like this: French reflexive verbs? Say whaat? But fear not, we will change all that with a quick read. Before you know it, you’ll be quite knowledgeable about the topic (or not)—it all really depends on how interested you are. But anyway, let’s start. 

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The Basics of French Prepositions

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     We use prepositions so much in our daily speech but we often take these things for granted. Most of the time, it results in misuse of English prepositions or interchanging our ins and ons and ats. Therefore, a clear grasp (or a working knowledge at the very least) of English prepositions is in order before […]

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How to Ask Questions in French

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   Questions are an essential part of any conversation, and being able to properly formulate a question in French is an extremely important part of your learning. In this article, we will look into the different ways that you can ask your questions using the French language. There are five ways in which questions are phrased […]

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French Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns

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French Demonstratives Adjectives Pronouns: The complete lesson  “Demonstratif” may sound like such an overbearing and intimidating lesson, but trust me, this is among the easy ones. This lesson comes in two parts:  the first part will cover demonstrative adjectives while the second part will talk about demonstrative pronouns.PART 1. DEMONSTRATIVE ADJECTIVESAs previously discussed in the lessons […]

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French Grammar Lesson: The Imperfect Tense

French Imperfect

  In case you’re racking your brain trying to recall your lessons in imperfect tense in English, chances are, you won’t remember it. Why? Because the imperfect tense is only common in the romance languages such as Latin, French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, and Portuguese. In English, we use the past progressive to denote continuous action while the […]

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French Comparatives and Superlatives

   Comparing people, objects or actions is not only useful in conversations, it could be fun too! Like, how will you say this without the help of comparatives and superlatives? ”I am more good-looking than my co-workers. In fact, I’m the most good-looking person in our workplace!” That’s right. You can’t! In grammar, we use comparatives to compare […]

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A Short Guide to French Passive Voice

PASSIVE VOICE

   Learning how to speak in another language is not easy. But if you already have a working knowledge about English grammar, it will tend to be so much easier, believe me. Take for example our topic on this article: the passive voice. Are you still familiar with how it works? If not, then here is a […]

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French Tenses Made Easy: Express Past, Present and Future Without Using the Actual Tenses

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 Most grammar books will tell you that the way to learn tenses in French is to go through all the motions, the full “process” and the boring nitty-gritty.But as most native French speakers would agree, there is an express path or a quick shortcut in expressing French tenses, and this is to use some verbs […]

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French Conditional Mood (Le Conditionnel): How does it work?

French Conditional

 Let’s talk about le conditionnel.What is it and how does it work?  Whether you are particularly aware of it or not, we often use the conditionals in our daily speech. The conditionals are both used the same way in English, as well as in French. But first, what exactly is it?  In English we simply use the modal […]

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French Possessive Adjectives Made Easy

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A Complete Lesson on French Possessive Adjectives  When you need to express that a noun belongs to a person or thing, you use possessive adjectives. The possessive determiners basically tell you to whom or to what a certain object belongs to. Because it identifies or gives us a detail about the noun it refers to, it  therefore […]

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French Future Tense – Le Futur: Everything You Need to Know

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 French Future Tense: The Clever Guide  Conjugating verbs can be one of the most difficult topics to learn. But before you start to shudder or crawl under your bed in fear of what’s going to happen next, let me assure you that this topic is written as simply as possible for the convenience of newbie […]

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How to Tell Time in French

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     Telling time in French could be a tad bit more complicated than in English. So okay, who am I kidding? It’s actually A LOT more complicated, in fact. First, French uses military time or the 24-hour clock for public use or official purposes, while the 12-hour clock is mostly used for personal consumption. In English, the 12-hour […]

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