French adjectives must change their forms depending on whether the nouns they describe are masculine or feminine, singular or plural. Usually the feminine form adds “e” to the masculine adjective. This can change the pronunciation of the adjective by causing the final consonant to be pronounced.
The dog is small.
Le chien est petit. (puh-TEE)
The mouse is small.
La souris est petite. (puh-TEET)
The plural form usually adds “s” to the noun, just like in English. In French we also need to add “s” to the adjective that describes a plural noun. This “s” is almost never pronounced.
The dogs are small.
Les chiens sont petits. (puh-TEE)
The mice are small.
Les souris sont petites. (puh-TEET)
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