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Il est vieux et heureux - he is old and happy.

Adjectives to Describe People 01

What do ‘méchant’, ‘fâché’ and ‘bavard’ mean? How would you say, ‘sad’, ‘selfish’ or ‘single’?

Aged 14 to 16 and studying French? This enjoyable rapid revision quiz was created to help you.

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FIND OUT ABOUT SUBSCRIPTIONS

There are many words which could be used to describe people: angry, sad, old, young, beautiful, ugly, or clever. What do all of these words have in common? They are adjectives. In this quiz we take a look at forty French adjectives which could be used to describe people. It’s a fast and fun way to learn or revise French words which will come in very useful in the GCSE exams.

In each question you will be given a word or words in English. All you have to do is choose the French equivalent from the four choices offered.
1.
Old
Vieux
Vieil
Vieille
All of the above
Vieux = masculine before a consonant sound
Vieil = masculine before a vowel sound
Vieille = feminine
Example: Le vieux plombier est un vieil homme, dit la vieille femme = the old plumber is an old man, said the old woman
2.
Shy
Bête
Laid
Timide
Jeune
Bête = stupid / silly
Laid = ugly
Jeune = young
3.
Chatty / talkative
Aîné
Doué
Bavard
Reconnaissant
Aîné = elder
Doué = gifted
Reconnaissant = grateful
4.
Kind / nice
Aimable
Gentil
Sympa
All of the above
Aimable = nice / kind
Gentil / gentille = nice / kind
Sympa = nice / kind
5.
Selfish
Gros
Égoiste
Généreux
Mort
Gros / grosse = fat
Généreux / généreuse = generous
Mort = dead
6.
Single
Assis
Sportif
Célibataire
Debout
Assis = sitting
Sportif / sportive = sporty
Debout = standing
7.
Angry
Fâché
Marre
Pénible
De mauvaise humeur
Marre = fed up
Pénible = annoying
De mauvaise humeur = bad tempered
8.
Naughty
Heureux
Méchant
Travailleur
Jaloux
Heureux / heureuse = happy
Travailleur / travailleuse = hard-working
Jaloux / jalouse = jealous
9.
Beautiful
Beau
Belle
Bel
All of the above
Beau = masculine before a consonant sound
Bel = masculine before a vowel sound
Belle = feminine
Example: Un beau chien est un bel animal, dit la belle femme = a beautiful dog is a beautiful animal, said the beautiful woman
10.
Sad
Triste
Paresseux
Vif
Fou
Paresseux / paresseuse = lazy
Vif / vive = lively
Fou / folle = mad / crazy
Author:  Graeme Haw

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