The adjective haut, when used in the meaning "tall" or "high", is sometimes placed before and sometimes after the noun:

C’est un homme de haute taille.

Il y a de hautes montagnes dans cette région.

À marée haute, l’eau vient jusqu’ici.

What is the rule for when haut should be placed before or after the noun? For example, should one say

Il y a beaucoup de hauts bâtiments à Francfort.


Il y a beaucoup de bâtiments hauts à Francfort.

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You should place "haut" before the noun, just like other adjective that describe height like grand, petit, long etc.

C’est un homme de haute taille.

haute can not describe taille because it already means "high size" in this context. You should say "grande taille"

À marée haute, l’eau vient jusqu’ici.

marée haute is considered as a subject on its own rather than subject+adjective. Also, haute marée isn't wrong although this is not really used

  • So we should say "de hauts bâtiments" and not "de bâtiments hauts"?
    – user11550
    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:06
  • In this context: Beaucoup de + adjective + noun
    – Donegan
    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:09
  • @user11550 The absolute most natural thing to say is "de grands bâtiments"
    – Right leg
    Dec 30, 2016 at 16:43

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