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In English, you always have to use an article (definite or indefinite) before the noun "e.x: a book, the book....).. Do I have to do that in French as well?

For learning: French
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    Hi Haidar,
    In French, the article depends on the genre of noun.
    - Definite article: "le = masculine, e.g: Le chien (The dog)"
    "la = feminine, e.g: La voiture (The car)
    "les = plural, e.g: Les enfants (The children)
    In other words, "The = le, la, les"

    - Indefinite article: "a/an = un, une"
    "un = masculine, e.g: Un chien (a dog); Un éléphant (an elephant)
    "une = feminine, e.g: Une voiture (a car); Une pomme (an apple)
    "des = plural, e.g: des voitures (cars); des enfants (children)


    The short answer is yes.
    Le, la and les mean "the" (masculine, feminine and plural, respectively.) Un and une stand in for "a" (masculine and feminine, respectively.) When referring to a number of objects that are unspecific (meaning, without the word "the"), you'd put "des." In some situations, the articles are combined with other words, but essentially, there is always an article.

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