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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to say the in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • which definite articles there are in French
  • how to say the in French
  • sentences which show how to use the in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say the in French
  • how to practice with flashcards for how to use the in French
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say the in French!

Table of Contents

Definite Article Table

GenderSingular Article

How to Say The in French

In English there is just one definite article: the.

This is used for all of the nouns, as English is not a gendered language.

the book

the man

the guitar

the island

In French this is not the case. French is a gendered language.

French has two genders:

  1. Masculine
  2. Feminine

Masculine nouns use the French article le.

le livre

the book

Masculine nouns that begin with a vowel or a mute h take the French article l’.


the man

Feminine nouns use the French article la

la guitare

the guitar

Feminine nouns that begin with a vowel or a mute h take the French article l’.


the island

To summarize, this is what you should remember for this lesson:

  1. Masculine nouns use le, or l’ if the noun starts with a vowel or mute h.
  2. Feminine nouns use la, or l’ if the noun starts with a vowel or mute h.

Example Sentences on How to Say The in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say the in French is about seeing different sentences with the word the in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say the in French through examples.

J’adore le livre.

I love the book.

Le bureau est noir.

The desk is black.

L’homme s’appelle Thomas.

The man is called Thomas.

J’aime beaucoup la montre.

I really like the watch.

La guitare est ici.

The guitar is here.

Je vis sur l’île.

I live on the island.

Quiz Yourself on How to Say The in French

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

Fill in the Blank!

J’adore livre. [I love the book.]

Fill in the Blank!

bureau est noir. [The desk is black.]

Fill in the Blank!

‘homme s’appelle Thomas. [The man is called Thomas.]

Fill in the Blank!

J’aime beaucoup montre. [I really like the watch.]

Fill in the Blank!

guitare est ici. [The guitar is here.]

Fill in the Blank!

Je vis sur ‘île. [I live on the island.]

How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

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