Head noun – nom principal


Let's Define It!

What's a *head noun*?

The nom principal (head noun) is the central noun, the core of a noun phrase (groupe nominale).

All other elements within the noun phrase only serve to provide more information about the head noun.

For example, in the noun phrase "la voiture de papa", the word voiture is the central noun in this phrase. The other noun [papa] gives more information about the car (revealing who possesses the car --> papa).


Let's Pronounce It!

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Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Some contrasting examples:

  1. tablé / table
  2. empiré / empire
  3. désolé/désole


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