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When to use “connaître” and when to use “savoir”?

Discussing this question raised a point about when to use connaître and when to use savoir. The advice given was generally speaking, connaître is knowing about a topic whereas savoir is knowing ...
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Is there any general rule to determine the gender of a noun based on its spelling?

For example, words ending by "-ette" are very likey to be feminine. So, are there other rules that can help to assess the gender?
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Rules of thumb for auxiliary verbs (avoir/être) in passé composé?

Can someone point to some strict rules or rules of thumb for using être/avoir for passé composé for irregular verbs? Does it follow from change of radical for different tense? In German, a change of ...
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When to put an accent on the letter E

I've encountered the rule on writing accents: When at the end of a syllable and not at the end of a word, a vowel gets an accent. Examples: épître (é-pî-tre) ; pénétrer (pé-né-trer) ; été (é-...