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The French definite article (singular)

The English definite article the is le or la in French. The word le is used with masculine nouns and the word la is used with feminine nouns. If however the noun starts with a vowel, the definite article is shortened to l'.

Examples of the French definite article

la fille
the girl
la mère
the mother
le chien
the dog
le cheval
the horse
la chaise
the chair

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Basic words and phrases in French

Get by in French with these basic French words & phrases.

The horses are small.

Les chevaux sont petits.

The girl is big.

La fille est grande.

The women are beautiful.

Les femmes sont belles.

The horses are big.

Les chevaux sont grands.

The horse is old.

Le cheval est vieux.

The windows are big.

Les fenêtres sont grandes.

The men are old.

Les hommes sont vieux.

The woman is beautiful.

La femme est belle.