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French GCSE Made Easy: Learn Adjectives for Describing People's Appearances

Learning French GCSE can be daunting, but there are ways to make it easier. One of the best ways is to learn the adjectives used to describe people's appearances. In this blog post, we will explore the use of adjectives for describing people's appearances, and provide some tips to help you ace your French GCSE.

French GCSE : how to describe people's appearances

In French, adjectives play a crucial role in painting a vivid picture of someone's physical characteristics. However, it's important to understand where adjectives fit in a sentence to ensure accurate communication.

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Tip #1 - adjectives generally follow the noun they describe

In French, adjectives generally follow the noun they describe, unlike in English where the order is reversed. This means that instead of saying "the tall man," you would say "l'homme grand." For example:

  • Il a les cheveux (noun) blonds (adjective).

Tip #2 - Using Gender and Plurality in Adjectives

Adjectives must agree in gender and number with the noun they modify. This means that the adjectives will change depending on whether the noun is masculine or feminine, singular or plural. For regular adjectives, add -e to an adjective when using it for a feminine noun, and add -s for a plural noun. For example :

  • Une fille intelligente / un garçon intelligent

  • Il est content / ils sont contents

  • Elle est amusante / elles sont amusantes

Tip #3 - Describing a feature including hair and eyes

When describing a feature including hair and eyes, the adjective agrees with the feature, not the person. For example:

  • Ma sœur a les yeux bleus. - My sister has blue eyes.

  • J’ai les yeux bleus/verts/gris/marron/noisette. – I have blue/green/brown/hazel eyes.

The French word for eyes, yeux, is masculine and plural, so bleus has an -s on the end

Tip #4 - Example to describe the style, length and colour of someone’s hair

Ma sœur a les cheveux blonds et raides. – My sister has straight, blond hair.

J’ai les cheveux noirs et longs. – I have long, black hair.

J’ai les cheveux roux et bouclés. – I have curly, ginger hair.

Mon ami a les cheveux mi-longs et ondulés. – My friend has medium length, wavy hair. (Higher vocabulary.)

J’ai les cheveux violets et courts. – I have short, purple hair.

Mon grand-père a les cheveux gris et courts. – My grandfather has short grey hair.

Tip #5 - Other vocabulary for describing people's appearances

Je suis grand(e)/petit(e)/de taille moyenne. – I am tall/short/medium height.

Je porte des lunettes. – I wear glasses.

Je suis gros(se)/mince. – I am fat/slim.

Il a une barbe. – He has a beard.

Il est beau/Elle est belle. – He/She is good-looking.

Tu es joli(e)/laid(e). – You are pretty/ugly.

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