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Quand peut-on mettre un adjectif avant ou après un nom ? — When do adjectives go before or after a noun?

Quelles sont les règles quant au placement des adjectifs avant ou après les noms ? Exemples : Un bel animal (avec en prime le changement beau → bel… règle ?) Une belle maison Une verte prairie — ...
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The order of direct and indirect object pronouns

If we have both of them in a sentence, what's the order of them generally? For example: Tu leur donnes des billets gratuits ? — Oui, je leur les donne. ou — Oui, je les leur donne. ...
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About “unusual” word order?

Most French sentences have the normal word order, subject, object, verb: Je te vois. But sentences with a few verbs have an unusual word order. E.g. "Tu me manques," in which the "object" is first, ...
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Understanding how “Je ne parle pas français” is broken down

When I enter “Je ne parle pas français” into Google translate I get “I do not speak French.” But if I just type “Je ne pas”, I get “I do not.” Why are the pas and parle switched around in the phrase ...
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Word order with “prochaine”: before or after noun rules?

Why is it that when I want to say “The next week”, it's: La semaine prochaine But when I want to say “The next meeting”, it's: La prochaine réunion Is there a specific set of rules for the ...
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« Son imbécile de mari » : comment s'appelle cette tournure de phrase ?

Les expressions du style : Son imbécile de frère Son président de mari ont-elles un nom ? Et quelle est la fonction de chaque mot ?
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Why is the subject at the end in this subordinate clause?

I thought that French language's word order was SVO and SOV (when object is pronoun). But what's with this sentence (from here): Bouclier que portaient autrefois les chevaliers. Subject is at ...
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“ma jolie femme” vs “ma femme jolie”

I may be mistaken, but I think mon ancien professeur means my former teacher, as opposed to mon professeur ancien which means my elderly teacher. Is this correct? And what if anything is the ...
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Is the position of space and time precisions in this sentence correct?

Today I was sitting on a bench in the Public Garden in the city of Boston when a beautiful girl and her boyfriend sat down beside me, speaking French. Simultaneously I noticed there were six or seven ...
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Is “Il me fait faire attention” correct?

The construct of “make someone do something”, to my knowledge, is “faire quelqu'un faire quelque chose”. Il me fait payer le resto. Elle nous fait attendre depuis 30 minutes. Which is the ...
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Why is not “Je t'aime”, “Je aime te”?

If the following sentence is correct: J'aime le sandwich (I + like + the sandwich) I expect (I + love + you) to be: J'aime te Then, why is it "Je t'aime"?
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How to replace two nouns with pronouns?

For the sentence Jean va apporter des pralines à Marie is this ok to write “Jean va lui apporter en” instead of “Jean va lui en apporter”? I am facing this confusion as for the sentence ...
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Quand doit-on placer les adjectifs de taille devant des noms ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quand peut-on mettre un adjectif avant ou après un nom? J'ai lu qu'on peut se reporter à l'acronyme « BAGS » lorsqu'on tente de placer un adjectif. Si l'adjectif ...
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Place du pronom en présence d'un verbe conjugué et l'infinitif

Cette exception est issue des pages 162-163 de Advanced French Grammar de V. Mazet. With certain verbs, the placement doesn't follow the normal rules mentioned earlier. With faire faire, laisser ...
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The difference between “un petit garçon” and “un garçon petit” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quand peut-on mettre un adjectif avant ou après un nom? I was wondering what is the difference between “un petit garçon” and “un garçon petit”. un = one petit = ...