French Articles And Determiners
In French, articles and determiners are required on almost every common noun, much more so than in English. They are inflected to agree in gender (masculine or feminine) and number (singular or plural) with the noun they determine, though most have only one plural form (for masculine and feminine). Many also often change form when the word that follows them begins with a vowel sound.
While articles are actually a subclass of determiners (and determiners are in turn a subclass of adjectives) they are generally treated separately; thus, they are treated separately here as well.
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