I would like to confirm that in french when asking someone about their work, nationality, etc, we direct the adjective used according to our speakers sex. Opposite of what happens in english:

"Are you French?",

"Are you tall?"

The adjective stays the same no matter who we direct the question to.

This might be a simple question, however i was unable to find a clear answer after a 15 min google search. Either it's one of those treated as "obvious", or i have searched in wrong places. Please clarify.

  • Note that if you don't know the sex of the target people, or if there are both male and female there, masculine must be used.
    – jlliagre
    Jan 12 '17 at 2:14
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    Please include examples in French of what you think it should be in English. And then answers can start from your examples. It does not matter if you make mistakes, they'll be rectified in your answer.
    – None
    Jan 12 '17 at 8:09

Yes, that is correct, in French, we inflect the adjectives for gender and number. This reference seemed serviceable: Cliff's notes about adjectives.

  • Thank you for the source. Somewhat i was very wary in assuming so due to lack of examples with specific m/f form used in "you" case. French raises so many doubts when learning!
    – Mr_Max
    Jan 11 '17 at 23:58
  • French is more complicated than English, IMHO :-)
    – Frank
    Jan 12 '17 at 0:07
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    Un des buts de French Language est de construire une bibliothèque la plus exhaustive possible de questions concernant le français et dans cette optique il est préférable que les réponses soient soutenues par des exemples et des explications. Par ailleurs il est aussi recommandé de ne pas se contenter de donner un lien vers une explication mais d'en donner le contenu car la page vers laquelle le lien est fait peut être appelée à disparaître.
    – None
    Jan 12 '17 at 8:42

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