Invariable – invariable


Let's Define It!

What's *invariable*?

In French, a word is said to be invariable when it doesn't accept any declension.

Maybe the word declension I used above is a little too elusive for you. No problem. Let me try something else.

An invariable word is a one which doesn't change in form, whether you use it in the feminine form or plural form.

For example, a word like marron (brown) is invariable.

  • un sac marron a brown bag (masculine form)
  • une chemise marron a brown shirt (feminine form)
  • des sacs marron brown bags (plural form)

Remember that by nature, all prepositions and adverbs are invariable.


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 a few invariable words in French:

chic (cool) --> Elle est chic [she is cool]

orange (orange) --> des chemises orange [orange shirts]

vite (fast) --> ils courent vite [they run fast]


Let's Take a Quiz!

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