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How to frame sentences and pick-up accent?

Anshuman Nath Anshuman Nath (0) on 13/08/14

I struggle to frame sentences in French which has a different approach as compared to framing sentences in English. The grammar and positions of subject, predicate, noun, verb most importantly gender considerations baffles me to no end. Any help will be appreciated.

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I only speak very little French, and it's years back that I learned it, so I probably can't help a lot. I hope someone else can give you a better hand later on :)

First of all, I'd start off trying to separate which kinds of sentences there are, so you don't have to learn them all at once. This is also what you do in school: First you learn how to state things, then to negate them, then to ask questions, conjunctions, indirect questions, relative clauses, and so on..As for the genders.. for any language that uses more than 1 gender for words, it's important to already learn the gender of a word, as you even learn the word! Learning the genders afterwards will take A LOT more effort and be a lot more confusing. So whenever you learn a new word, make sure you learn the article with it (e.g. "chien" - dog, "le chien" (male) - the dog). But also when learning adjectives, you always have to consider the forms for the other genders, so best is to learn them right away. Also, genders can be different in different languages :-) So if you have any basics on genders from another language, it usually doesn't help much to apply that to another language.

A stating sentence usually consist of a subject, verb and noun. Subject Predicate Object. In French the subject always has to be the first, else it will sound confusing.

Le chien attrape la balle. - The dog catches the ball.S P O.

This page seems quite helpful on grammar issues if you follow the links inside the text examples:

http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/sentences.htm

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