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About-France.com online French grammar aims to provide learners with a
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1. The noun group
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Prepositions, particles, and other points
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How important is grammar in French?
Answer: very important! Of course, it is quite possible to "communicate" without bothering too much about grammar . You could say "Voiture panne arrêter" or "Je aller Paris demain"
and everyone would understand what you meant; but that is just basic
communication. To communicate any more complex or refined kind of
message, grammar is unavoidable, specially in a language like French
which linguists describe as a "synthetic" language, rather than an
In synthetic languages, meaning is
often clarified solely by word endings; in analytic languages meaning
is most frequently determined by the order of words in the sentence, by
modal auxiliaries, and by the use of coordinators and prepositions
Although the French themselves often
have difficulty choosing how to spell a word ending pronounced "eh",
which could be written -er, -é, -ais
or even some other ways, misuse of endings in written French is
considered as a bad mistake, specially in formal written communication.
Until the 1970s, French children in primary school spent long hours
mastering French grammar, to the point at which even those who had left
school at 15 could generally write correct French. Today, employers and
university professors often shudder at the grammar mistakes they see in
job applications, CVs, and assignments; but this just makes it even
more important for learners to take the time to master the essentials
of French grammar.
A generation ago, every
application for anything like a good job would have been written in
good French, with good grammar and without spelling mistakes; so almost
everyone got over the first hurdle. Today, recruiters may well bin half
of a pile of applications for a job, because the quality of French is
just not up to the requirements of the job.
the fact that mastering French grammar is a useful skill in its own
right, there is also the fact that it could one day help your job
application or make your report seem more credible – if one day
you plan to use French for professional purposes.
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