Spelling the plurals of French compound nouns is the perfect blend of logic and grammar notions. It can seem tricky or daunting at first but actually isn’t that hard! And, again: it’s logical. So, take your French writing skills to the next level by listening to this episode!
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
un laissez-passer, des laissez-passer = pass
un mange-tout, des mange-tout = snowpea, mangetout
Un chou-fleur, des choux-fleurs = cauliflower
un court métrage, des courts métrages = short film
un porte-serviette, des porte-serviette / des porte-serviettes = towel rack
un abat-jour, des abat-jour = lamp shade
un lave-vaiselle, des lave-vaisselle = dishwasher
un tire-bouchon, des tire-bouchons = corkscrew
un porte-monnaie, des porte-monnaie = purse (for coin)
New Spellings rules (!990)
des portemonnaies, des mangetouts
Un anti-douleur, des anti-douleur(s) = analgesic, painkiller
Un micro-onde(s), des micro-ondes = microwave
Un Franco-Australien, des Franco-Australiens
un prie-Dieu, des prie-Dieu ;
Un hors-la-loi, des hors-la-loi = outlaw, bandit
un trompe-la-mort, des trompe-la-mort = daredevil, cheat death
une demi-heure, des demi-heures = half hour
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