• French grammar
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  • 1 French alphabet
  • 2 French pronunciation and phonetics [0/7]
  • 3 Nature and function of French words [0/23]
  • Multiple choice exercise about the nature of French words (Score -/-)Free
  • Multiple choice questions about the function of French words (Score -/-)Free
  • 3.1 The subject in French [0/3]
  • 3.2 The apostrophe and apposition in French [0/2]
  • 3.3 The complement object in French [0/12]
  • 3.4 The circumstancial complement in French [0/2]
  • 3.5 The agent complement in French [0/2]
  • 4 French articles [0/9]
  • 5 French nouns [0/13]
  • 6 French pronouns [0/20]
  • Multiple choice questions about the pronouns in French (Score -/-)Free
  • 6.1 French personal pronouns - je, tu, il [0/3]
  • 6.2 French possessive pronouns - le mien, le tien [0/2]
  • 6.3 French reflexive pronouns - me, te, se [0/2]
  • 6.4 French demonstrative pronouns - celui, celle, ceux [0/2]
  • 6.5 French relative pronouns - qui, que, qu' [0/4]
  • 6.6 French indefinite pronouns - tout, chacun [0/2]
  • 6.7 French interrogative pronouns - qui, que, lequel [0/2]
  • 6.8 French adverbial pronouns - en, y [0/2]
  • 7 French adjectives [0/17]
  • Multiple choice questions about the epithet, attribute in French (Score -/-)Free
  • 7.1 Endings of regular and irregular French adjectives [0/3]
  • 7.2 Comparative and superlative of French adjectives [0/3]
  • 7.3 Placement of French adjectives [0/2]
  • 7.4 French possessive adjectives - mon, ton, son [0/4]
  • 7.5 French demonstrative adjectives - ce, cette [0/2]
  • 7.6 French indefinite adjectives - toutes, quelques [0/2]
  • 8 French adverbs [0/18]
  • Drag and drop exercise about the adverbs (Score -/-)Free
  • Fill in the blank exercise about the regular form of the adverbs (Score -/-)Free
  • Fill in the blank exercise about the irregular adverbs (Score -/-)Free
  • 8.1 Adverbs of place in French [0/2]
  • 8.2 Adverbs of time in French [0/2]
  • 8.3 Adverbs of manner in French [0/2]
  • 8.4 Adverbs of quantity in French [0/2]
  • 8.5 Adverbs of reason in French [0/2]
  • 8.6 Placement of adverbs in French [0/2]
  • 8.7 Comparative of French adverbs [0/2]
  • 8.8 Difference adjectives and adverbs in French [0/1]
  • 9 French prepositions [0/10]
  • 10 French verbs [0/135]
  • 10.1 Tenses and moods in French [0/63]
  • 10.1.1 Indicative in French [0/26]
  • 10.1.1.1 Present tense in French [0/2]
  • 10.1.1.2 Past tenses in French [0/13]
  • 10.1.1.3 Future tenses in French [0/11]
  • 10.1.2 Subjunctive in French (le Subjonctif) [0/11]
  • 10.1.3 Conditional in French (le conditionnel) [0/10]
  • 10.1.4 Imperative in French [0/3]
  • 10.1.5 Infinitive in French [0/4]
  • 10.1.6 Gerund in French [0/2]
  • 10.1.7 Present participle in French [0/3]
  • 10.1.8 Past participle in French [0/4]
  • 10.2 French auxiliary verbs (avoir, être) [0/11]
  • 10.3 Modal verbs in French [0/17]
  • Fill in the blank exercise for the modal verbs in French (Score -/-)Free
  • 10.3.1 Conjugation of pouvoir (can) in French [0/4]
  • 10.3.2 Conjugation of devoir (should) in French [0/4]
  • 10.3.3 conjugation of vouloir (want) in French [0/4]
  • 10.3.4 Conjugation of savoir (to know) in French [0/4]
  • 10.4 Passive voice in French [0/4]
  • 10.5 Reflexive verbs in French [0/4]
  • 10.6 Irregular verbs in French [0/24]
  • Fill in the blanks exercise of the irregular verbs in French (Score -/-)Free
  • Fill in the blanks exercise of the irregular verbs in French II (Score -/-)Free
  • 10.6.1 Conjugation of venir (to come) in French [0/4]
  • 10.6.2 conjugation of aller (to go) in French [0/4]
  • 10.6.3 conjugation of faire (to do) in French [0/4]
  • 10.6.4 conjugation of prendre (to take) in French [0/3]
  • 10.6.5 conjugation of voir (to see) in French [0/3]
  • 10.6.6 Conjugation of partir (to leave) in French [0/4]
  • 10.7 Regular verbs in French [0/8]
  • 10.8 Reported Speech in French [0/4]
  • 11 French sentence structure [0/25]
  • Multiple choice questions about the sentence structure in French (Score -/-)Free
  • 11.1 The phrases in French [0/5]
  • 11.2 The forms of phrases in French [0/7]
  • 11.3 The types of phrases in French [0/8]
  • 11.4 The propositions in French [0/4]
  • 12 French si clauses [0/3]
  • What is an adverb?

    An adverb (French: l'adverbe) is a word usually used with verbs, adjectives or other adverbs that gives more information about when, how, where, or in what circumstances something happens.

    They are four types of adverbs in the French grammar:

    1. Adverbs of Place
    2. Adverbs of Time
    3. Adverbs of Manner
    4. Adverbs of Quantity

    How adverbs are used?

    In general adverbs can be used together with verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. Adverbs can also relate to the whole sentence; they often tell you what the speaker is thinking or feeling.

    Verbs Adjectives Adverbs
     lire beaucoup (read much)  trés beau (very beautiful)  trop peu (too little)
     dormir bien (sleep well)  plus grand (taller)  beaucoup mieux (much better)

    enlightenedPlease note that adverbs in French never change their form, no matter what they refer to. 

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    Characteristics of adverbs

    We have to differ between two kinds of adverbs in the French language:

    • les adverbes simples which don't have a characteristic ending (alors, bien, comme, plus)
    • les adverbes en -ment which end in -ment (longuement, franchement, naturellement)

    Many English adverbs end in -ly, which is added to the end of the adjective. In French, many adverbs end in -ment.
    This is usually added to the end of the feminine singular form of the adjective.

    enlightenedOnly exception: If the masculine adjective ends in -e, -i or -u.

    The adverbs of time in French 

    An adverb of time (French: adverbe de temps) is an invariable word that gives an indication of time (duration or chronology). It brings a nuance to the meaning of a noun, an adjective, a verb or another adverb.

    Examples

    Use Translations
    Ils partiront demain matin. (They will leave tomorrow morning)
    Autrefois, il était interdit de divorcer sans raison valable (In the old days, it was prohibited to divorce without any valid reaseon)

    The adverbs of place in French 

    An adverb of place (French: adverbe de lieu) is an invariable word that indicates the place where the action takes place. In general, it answers the question "Where ?". Often he accompanies and precedes a nominal group. 

    Examples 

    Use Translations
    Je m'installe derrière la scène (I will sit behind the scenes)
    Les toilettes d'en bas sont occupés (The toilets downstairs are occupied) 

    The adverbs of manner in French

    A adverb of manner (French: adverbe de manière) is an invariable word that indicates how the action unfolds. In general, it helps answer the question "how ?"

    Examples: 

    • Tu récites ta leçon rapidemment. (You are repeating your lesson quickly)
    • Ton frère courrait tellement vite comme un lynx. (Your brother was running so fast like a lynx)

    The adverbs of quantity in French

    An adverb of quantity (French: adverbe de quantité) is an invariable word that gives information on quantity. It brings a nuance to the meaning of a noun, an adjective, a verb or another adverb. When it specifies a name, it is followed by the preposition "de" or "d" and answers the question: "How much ?". 

    Examples

    Use Translation
    C'est très facile (It's very easy)
    Il a trop mangé (He ate a lot)
    J'ai assez d'argent pour acheter une voiture (I have enough money to buy a house)

    The adverb "bien" in French

    The meaning of the adverb "bien" (good) depends on the word (or words) it accompanies.

    Bien + verb

    When accompanying a verb, it has the same meaning as:

    • Effectivement (effectively) 
    • Idéalement (Ideally)
    • De manière satisfaisante (satisfactorily)

    ​Examples 

    Bien Meaning Translation
    Je travaille bien à l'école Je travaille de manière satisfaisante à l'école (I am a good student)
    Je l'aime bien Je l'aime idéalement (I do like him)

    Bien expresses a quantity of things

    When he accompanies a name, he expresses a quantity of things. It is followed by the preposition de, du or des and means beaucoup (a lot).

    Examples

    Bien Meaning Translation
    Bien des mois ont passé avant qu'il ne revienne Beaucoup de mois ont passé avant qu'il ne revienne (Lot of month passed before he comes back)
    Bien des enfants ont travaillé dans cette ferme Beaucoup d'enfants ont travaillé dans cette ferme (Lot of kids worked in this farm)

    Bien + adjective

    When accompanying an adjective it means très (very) or vraiment (really). It marks a strong intensity.

    Examples

    Bien Meaning Translation
    Je suis bien fatigué Je suis très fatigué (I am very tired)
    Tu peux dire que je suis bien maladroit Je suis vraiment maladroit (You can say that I am really clumsy)

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    1 Adverbs of place in French Get an overview about all adverbs of place in French and study them online.
    2 Adverbs of time in French Get an overview about all adverbs of time in French and study them online.
    3 Adverbs of manner in French Get an overview about all adverbs of manner in French and study them online.
    4 Adverbs of quantity in French Get an overview about all adverbs of quantity in French and study them online.
    5 Adverbs of reason in French Get an overview about all adverbs of reason in French and study them online.
    6 Placement of adverbs in French Get a comprehensive overview about the placement of adverbs in French and study this topic online.
    7 Comparative of French adverbs Get an overview about comparisons and superlatives of French adverbs and study this topic online.
    8 Difference adjectives and adverbs in French Get an overview about the difference of adjectives and adverbs in French and study this topic online