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Les adjectifs irréguliers au masculin

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Les adjectifs irréguliers au masculin

The adjectives vieux, nouveau, and beau change their masculine singular forms if followed by a noun which begins with a vowel or a silent ‘h‘. This helps pronunciation.
Un vieux chien Un vieil homme Deux vieux hommes. On old dog An old man Two old men.
Un nouveau bateau Un nouvel ami Trois nouveaux amis. A new boat A new friend Three new friends.
Un beau garçon Un bel arbre. Deux beaux arbres. A beautiful boy A beautiful tree Two beautiful trees.
The masculine forms (vieil, nouvel, and bel) are pronounced the same as the feminine forms (vieille, nouvelle, and belle).

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