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In French, there are words that sound the same but have different meanings, different spellings, and different genres:

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Consider broadening your understanding by checking out these related lessons: Possessive determiners, Omission of the article, Agreement of past participles with direct objects placed before in relative clauses & Use of the definite article with superlatives.

Nouns which have the same spoken form but two different written forms[edit | edit source]

Masculine Feminine
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un cal a callus une cale a wedge
un faîte a summit une fête a party
le foie the liver la foi the faith
le maire the mayor la mer the sea une mère a mother
un pet a fart la paie the pay la paix peace
le poids weight un pois a pea la poix pitch
un rai a ray of light une raie a parting (in hair) or a skate (fish)
le sel salt une selle a saddle
le sol earth une sole a sole (fish)
un tic a tic (nervous) une tique a tick (insect)
le vice vice (crime) une vis a screw

Gender of Nouns (all lessons)[edit source]

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Personal and impersonal pronouns



Numbers, measurements, time and quantifiers

Verb forms

Verb constructions

Verb and participle agreement


The subjunctive, modal verbs, exclamatives and imperatives

The infinitive


Question formation

Relative clauses


Conjunctions and other linking constructions

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