Which French definite article should you use?

Which definite article should you use with French nounsle / la / l’ or les?

You may be able to recognise the French definite articles le/la/l’ & les (all of which mean ‘the’). Click the red link at the bottom of this post to open a document you can download to practise. Here is a summary for your reference of when to use the four French definite articles:

  • le comes before singular masculine nouns.
  • la comes before singular feminine nouns.
  • l’ comes before singular nouns (both masc. & fem.) that start with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u, y & words beginning with h).
  • les comes before all plural nouns whether they are masculine or feminine.

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