Predicative adjective – adjectif attribut


Let's Define It!

What's a *predicative adjective*?

An predicative adjective , known as adjectif attribut in French, is an adjective that is linked to the subject or object by a linking verb (copular verb).

Linking verbs (known as verbes d'état in French) are verbs such as être (be), devenir (become), paraître (seem, appear), and so on. They must are always present between the noun and the modifying adjective.

Elle est belle. / She is beautiful.

Nous sommes restés calmes. We stayed calm.


Let's Pronounce It!

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Let's Have an Example or Two!

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Some examples of predicative adjectives are presented below:

  • Êtes-vous malade? / Are you sick?
  • Vous semblez confuse. / You seem confused.
  • Je ne vais pas rester passif devant cette injustice. / I will not stay passive before this injustice. 


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