French The Order of Adjectives

Beginner French - Level A1


What is the word order with French adjectives? In French, the main rule regarding the position of adjectives is that they usually come AFTER the noun, but as always in French, there are exceptions! For example, there is a small group of common adjectives whose meaning changes depending on whether they come before the noun or go after it.

language250Asset 173@250x-8

Back to the Course

Hi, you can review other topics from this course level.

French A1


Visit the Shop

Visit the Shop

Start classes with one of our professional teachers today.

Book a Class

French The Order of Adjectives

As we learned in Module 10, most French adjectives are placed after the word being described in the sentence. However, there are several exceptions to this rule. These adjectives, understood by the acronym BANGS, are placed before the word being described (as one would do in English).


Adjective Examples

Masc. / Fem.

Example Sentence





La jolie fille s’appelle Ana.

The pretty girl is named Ana.





La vieille voiture est rouge.

The old car is red.


un, deux, trois….



Il y a plusieurs problèmes au bureau.

There are several problems in the office.




Il donne de l’argent aux pauvres - il est un bon homme.

He gives money to the poor - he is a good man.





Le grand homme joue au basket.

The tall man plays basketball.


BANGS adjectives before a vowel

There are some adjectives that change to either the masculine or feminine forms when it is placed before a word that begins with a vowel. In these instances, these adjectives have a unique spelling. Examples of these adjectives are beau, nouveau, and vieux.

                                    Un bel appartement    A beautiful apartment

                                    Un novel hôpital         A new hospital

                                    Un vieil homme           An old man

Don't miss out!

Hi there, you are currently not signed in.

CORE Languages students who are signed in get credit for daily engagement while studying. Additionally, save your quiz and test grades by logging in. Even if you are just a language buff wanting to get a bit more studying in, Sign In and receive weekly content updates, access to Free PDF guides and special pricing on online training from our shop.

Additional Activities

Review the unit lesson above and complete additional activities to build your understanding of this topic. For the activities listed below, make sure you are signed in to keep track of your progress, to receive our weekly topics e-mail and special promotions! We are letting you know, you are not signed in. And progress will not be saved.


Irregular Adjective Agreement in French.
-credit: Madame Peterson

Directions: Choose which form of the adjective matches the gender and number of the italicized word. Then, rewrite each sentence placing the adjective in the appropriate place (either before or after the word).

  1. La ________ ville _________ a été fondée en 1798. (vieux / vieille )
  2. Le ________ chien ________ s’appelle Max. (petite / petit)
  3. Les sports ont des __________ gles ___________. (intéressant / intéressantes)
  4. Samantha a acheté (bought) un ________ ordinateur _______. (nouveau / nouvel).
  5. Le théâtre au centre-ville a des _________ pièces _________! (fantastiques / fantastique)

Answers and Translation

  1. La vieille ville a été fondée en 1798. / The old city was founded in 1798.
  2. Le petit chien s’appelle Max. / The little dog is named Max.
  3. Les sports ont des règles intéressantes. / Sports have some interesting rules.
  4. Samantha a acheté (bought) un nouvel ordinateur. / Samantha bought a new computer
  5. Le théâtre au centre-ville a des pièces fantastiques! /The theater downtown has some fantastic plays!

We love new fresh content! Find some of our favorite links on this French Unit topic below. If any links are expired, please let us know.

What do you know?

You can complete the following quiz to see if you truly understand this unit's content.

-Coming Soon-