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Les and plural nouns


We use 'les' for all plural nouns, both masculine and feminine.

Most nouns simply add an 's' to make the plural form. For example:

  • Le restaurant – les restaurants
  • la maison – les maisons
  • l'hôtel – les hôtels

There are groups of words that do not add an 's' to form the plural:

Most words ending in 'al' change to 'aux'. For example:

  • l'animal – les animaux
  • le journal – les journaux

Most words ending in 'au', 'eau' and 'eu' add 'x'. For example:

  • le gâteau – les gâteaux
  • le jeu – les jeux
  • BUT le pneu – les pneus

The following words ending in 'ou':

  • le genou – les genoux
  • le caillou – les cailloux
  • le bijou – les bijoux
  • le hibou – les hiboux
  • le chou – les choux
  • le pou – les poux

Words that already end in 's', 'x' or 'z' don't change in the plural. For example:

  • le bras – les bras
  • le prix – les prix
  • le nez – les nez

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