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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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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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« 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 = ...