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Le, la ou l'

This is a very fundamental point of French Grammar – nouns have a gender; they are masculine or feminine. For masculine nouns we use le, for feminine nouns we use la. Both masculine and feminine nouns that begin with a vowel use l'.

How do we know which are masculine and which are feminine? We have to learn it with the word. If you are not sure, look it up in your dictionary.

A good tip is to learn the word with an adjective that indicates whether it is masculine or feminine. It's not always logical. For example: le ballon is a big ball like a football and la balle is a small ball like a tennis ball. Why is one masculine and the other feminine? So my trick to remember is to add an adjective; le gros ballon et la petite balle.

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