Inflection – flexion


Let's Define It!

What's an *inflection*?

An inflection (or une flexion in French) is when the form of a word changes, thus indicating a change in grammatical function such as tense, person, number and gender.

The inflection of verbs is also called conjugation (conjugaison). --> je mange, tu manges, tu mangeais

The inflection of nouns/pronouns/adjectives is called declension (déclinaison). --> le fils, la fille, les filles.



Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Here are some examples of inflections relating to nouns and verbs:

cheval / chevaux

lave / lavais / lavions

acteur / actrice

veuf / veuve

criée / crieras


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