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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 = small ...
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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 est dans ...
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Pourquoi les mots “une vieille lampe poussiéreuse” ne peuvent être placés dans un autre ordre? [duplicate]

Les mots "vieille" et "poussiéreuse" sont tous deux des adjectifs. Pourquoi ne peut-on dire alors "une poussiéreuse lampe vieille" par exemple ? Ou bien encore "une lampe vieille poussiéreuse" ? Il ...
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Are the adjectives always placed behind nouns? [duplicate]

I am a ground beginner. So, sorry for any misunderstanding. I have come across the sentence: "Elle a une robe rouge" So, is it always that adjectives are placed behind nouns, or are there special ...
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How do I know where to position adjectives? [duplicate]

Some french adjectives come after the noun that modify (e.g. le chat noir), and some come before the adjective (e.g. le petit chat). How does one determine where to place adjectives in French?
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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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Existe-t-il un équivalent français de « OP » ?

Le terme anglais Original Poster et son abréviation OP très couramment utilisée dans les forums en anglais ont-ils un équivalent en français ? Parce que dire à chaque fois celui qui a démarré le fil, ...
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Difference between beau and bel

What is the grammatical difference between beau and bel? They are both the masculine singular form of the adjective beau, right?
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Differences in meaning depending on placement of “pauvre?”

A literal translation of "pauvre" is poor. This could have at least two meanings 1) not rich, and 2) unfortunate. I was told (and forget which is which) that if you place pauvre before the noun, it ...
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How do you tackle 'adjective overload' when translating to French?

In English, you can happily pile on adjectives before a noun (e.g. the big fat ugly green alien), in French, not so much. On top of that, in French some adjectives go before and others afterwards (I ...
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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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Savant versus grognard

Inspiré par cette réponse, je me demandais pourquoi puis-je dire un savant Allemand mais pas un grognard Français* ? Sachant que un grognard de Français et un Français grognard sonnent mieux, la ...
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Using more than one adjectives: “belle brosse à dents neuve”?

In the following sentence J'ai une belle brosse de (not sure whether «pour» could be used here) dents neuve, mais je n'ai plus de dentrifice. Is my ordering of adjectives okay? Could you refer a ...
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Adjective position with “quelque chose”

In a comment to this question, it was pointed out that some adjectives should be placed before quelque chose, while other adjectives should be placed after. For example: un petit/vrai/authentique ...
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Comment se rappeler des sens divers de certains adjectifs ?

D'après http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_fickle.htm, Generally speaking, when the adjective precedes the noun, it has a figurative or subjective meaning, whereas the adjective which ...

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