Quiz about Whats the Right Plural Form
Quiz about Whats the Right Plural Form

What's the Right Plural Form? Trivia Quiz


This quiz is about plurals of French nouns and adjectives.

A multiple-choice quiz by Agape2012. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Agape2012
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
359,141
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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1. What is the correct plural form of the French word "Monsieur"? Hint

Messieurs
Monssieur
Monsieurs
Meussieur

2. Which of the following French plural forms is NOT correct? Hint

un clou - des clous
un genou - des genoux
un bijou - des bijous
un bisou - des bisous

3. When used as an adjective, the French word "marron" is invariable whether it is masculine or feminine, singular or plural.

True
False

4. Which of the following French plural forms is NOT correct? Hint

un vitrail - des vitraux
un travail - des travails
un évantail - des évantails
un détail - des détails

5. Which of the following French plurals is incorrect? Hint

un journal - des journaux
un régal - des régaux
un chacal - des chacals
un festival - des festivals

6. What is the correct French plural of the words shown in parentheses in the following statement: "Joyce a les yeux (bleu), ceux d'Alison sont (vert foncé)"? Hint

bleus, vert foncé
bleus, vert foncés
bleus, verts foncés
bleu, verts foncé

7. Which of the following French plurals is NOT correct?

Hint

un couvre-lit - des couvre-lits
un chou-fleur, des choux-fleurs
un sourd-muet - des sourds-muets
un coffre-fort - des coffre-fort

8. Which of the following French plural nouns is NOT correct? Hint

un cadeau - des cadeaux
un jeu - des jeux
un noyau - des noyaux
un chapeau - des chapeaus

9. Which of the following French feminine plural adjectives is NOT correct? Hint

heureuse - heureuses
neuve - neufes
longue - longues
blanche - blanches

10. Which of the following numbers is NOT correctly spelled out in French? Hint

353 = trois cents cinquante-trois
61 = soixante et un
200 = deux cents
48 = quarante-huit


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the correct plural form of the French word "Monsieur"?

Answer: Messieurs

Other irregular plurals include "aïeul" (ancestor) - "aïeux"; "bonhomme" (fellow) - "bonshommes"; "ciel" (sky) - "cieux"; "oeil" (eye) - "yeux"; "Madame" (Mrs) - "Mesdames"; "Mademoiselle" (Miss) - "Mesdemoiselles".
2. Which of the following French plural forms is NOT correct?

Answer: un bijou - des bijous

Words ending in "-ou" form their plurals with an "s". However, seven French nouns ending in "-ou" form their plurals by adding "x": "bijou" (jewel), "caillou" (pebble), "chou" (cabbage), "genou" (knee), "hibou" (owl), "joujou" (toy) and "pou" (louse).
3. When used as an adjective, the French word "marron" is invariable whether it is masculine or feminine, singular or plural.

Answer: True

French adjectives of colors agree in gender and number, but "marron" (brown) is also a noun meaning "chestnut". When color adjectives derive from nouns of fruits, they do not agree with gender and number: for example "des foulards orange" (orange scarves); "des chaussettes rouge-cerise" (cherry red socks).

When "marron", "cerise" or "orange" are nouns, they do form their plurals with an "s": "des marrons", "des cerises", "des oranges".
4. Which of the following French plural forms is NOT correct?

Answer: un travail - des travails

Words ending in "-ail" form their plurals by adding an "s" to the singular form : "rail" (railroad) becomes "rails", "éventail" (fan) becomes "éventails".

The following words, however, form their plurals by changing "ail" to "aux": "bail" (lease), "corail" (coral), "émail" (enamel), "soupirail" (basement window), "travail" (work), "vantail" (door panel), "vitrail" (stained-glass window).

Even though the correct plural of "ail"(garlic) is "aulx", it is very seldom used. Furthermore, the "Académie Française" (France's official authority on the usage, vocabulary, and grammar of the French language) approved the usage of the plural "ails" (see French dictionary Larousse). Yet in French, "des gousses d'ail" (cloves of garlic) and "des têtes d'ail" (heads of garlic) are usually used to express the plural form.
5. Which of the following French plurals is incorrect?

Answer: un régal - des régaux

Masculine nouns ending in "-al" make their plurals with "aux", except "bal, carnaval, festival, chacal, régal, cal" whose plurals are formed by adding an "s". In other words, "régal" (treat) becomes "régals", "bal" (ball) becomes "bals" and "chacal" (jackal) becomes "chacals".
6. What is the correct French plural of the words shown in parentheses in the following statement: "Joyce a les yeux (bleu), ceux d'Alison sont (vert foncé)"?

Answer: bleus, vert foncé

Adjectives agree in gender and number with the noun: "des yeux bleus" (blue eyes), "des yeux verts" (green eyes), "des cheveux blonds" (blonde hair). When compound nouns consist of two adjectives, both parts take the plural form. However, in "vert foncé" (dark green), "dark" is an adjective modifying another adjective "green". So, "vert foncé" does not change when used in the plural form. Likewise, "des yeux bleu clair" (light blue eyes), "des cheveux blond foncé" (dark blonde hair), des robes bleu-mauve (blue purple dresses).
7. Which of the following French plurals is NOT correct?

Answer: un coffre-fort - des coffre-fort

The plural of "coffre-fort" (safe for the storage of valuables) is "coffres-forts". "Coffre-fort" is a compound noun made up of a noun "coffre" (box) and an adjective "fort" (strong). When compound nouns consist of two nouns, or a noun and an adjective, or two adjectives, both parts take the plural form. On the other hand, "couvre-lit" (bedspread) is a compound noun made up of a verb (couvrir) and a noun (lit). Only the noun takes the plural form: "un brise-glace" (ice breaker) - "des brise-glaces".
8. Which of the following French plural nouns is NOT correct?

Answer: un chapeau - des chapeaus

Nouns and adjectives ending in "-eau", "-au", and "-eu" usually form their plurals by adding an "x": "chameau" (camel) becomes "chameaux" and the plural for "bateau" (boat) is "bateaux". "Un étau" (vise) - "des étaux", "un feu" (fire) - "des feux".

The word "lieu" has two plurals depending on its meaning. If used to mean "place", then the plural is "lieux". If used to mean "pollock", then the plural is "lieus".
9. Which of the following French feminine plural adjectives is NOT correct?

Answer: neuve - neufes

"Neuves" is the feminine plural of "neuve" (new). "Neufs" is the masculine plural of "neuf". The feminine singular of a masculine singular adjective ending with "-f" is formed by changing "f" to "ve": "neuf" (new) - "neuve"; "veuf" (widower) - "veuve" (widow).

Both masculine and feminine form their plurals by adding "s" to their singular forms : "veuf - veufs", "veuve - veuves".
10. Which of the following numbers is NOT correctly spelled out in French?

Answer: 353 = trois cents cinquante-trois

Multiples of "cent" (a hundred) end with "-s": deux cents (200), trois cents (300), quatre cents(400)..."neuf cents" (900). When it is not a multiple of one hundred, the word "cent" is invariable. Therefore, the correct spelling of "353" is "trois cent cinquante-trois". There is no "s" at the end of "cent".
Source: Author Agape2012

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