Difference adjectives and adverbs in French
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Adjective or adverb?
If you're not sure whether to use adjectives or adverbs, pay close attention to the following rules and explanations.
The main difference is that:
- Adjectives (French: les adjectives ) aim to describe nouns.
- Adverbs (French: les adverbes) are used to describe adjectives, verbs, other adverbs or entire clauses.
List of example sentences
Les souris sont heureuses et nous regardent en riant.
La maison est vieille.
Elles ont fait un très bon travail.
Elles ont bien travaillé.
Adjectives used as adverbs
Some adjectives are used as adverbs and thus are invariable. The most important ones are:
|Achetez français.||Buy French (products).|
|Parlez plus fort.||Speak louder.|
|Parlez bas.||Speak softer.|
|Votez socialiste.||Vote (for the) Socialist (Party).|
|Il faut marcher droit.||You must walk straight.|
|Ils gagnent gros.||They earn a lot.|
|Vous allez tout droit.||Go straight ahead.|
|Elle travaille dur.||She works hard.|
|Elle chante faux/juste.||She sings off-key/on-key.|
|Ça sonne faux/juste.||That sounds wrong/right.|
|Ça coûte cher.||That's expensive.|
|Ça sent bon/mauvais.||That smells good/bad.|
Adverbs used as adjectives
The adverbs bien, mal and mieux can also be used as adjectives.
|Ce restaurant est bien.||
This restaurant is good.
|Ce restaurant est mieux.||
This restaurant is better.
|Ce restaurant n'est pas mal.||
This restaurant is not bad.
|Je connais beaucoup de gens bien.||
I know many good people.
|Je voudrais manger quelque chise de bien.||
I would like to eat something good.
|Elle n'a rien fait de mal.||
She has done nothing bad.
|Il n'a pas fait grand-chose de bien.||He has not done much good.|
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