Noun complement – complément du nom


Let's Define It!

What's a *noun complement*?

noun complement (un complément du nom)  is basically a noun modifying another noun. In some cases, it could be a verb too (see the example section)

The function of this noun complement is to provide information about the main noun (called in French nom noyau). The noun complement is attached to the main noun with a preposition.

For example, la voiture de papa (daddy's car). la voiture is the main noun in this noun phrase. And papa is the noun complement telling us who owns this car. Both noun are attached with the preposition de.


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?

Find a few sentences below with a noun complement.

  1. Cette glace à la vanille est délicieuse. (This vanilla ice cream is delicious)
  2. Le chat de ma voisine est perdu. (My neighbor's cat is lost)
  3. J'ai besoin d'un fer à répasser. (I need an iron.)


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