How to use Certain in French = Particular / Sure [+9 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson you will learn how to use certain in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to use certain in French
  • how certain is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to use certain in French
  • the way Anki files can be downloaded for certain in French

Please refer to the French B1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B1.

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

Table of Contents

Certain before the Noun = Particular / Some

Certain(e)” in French can be used to mean “particular” or “some” when it is placed BEFORE a noun.

You want to highlight the vagueness of something or someone.

  • certain(e) = particular / some

J’ai rencontré un certain M. Smith.

I met a certain Mr Smith.

Il a un certain charme.

He has a certain charm.

Une certaine personne.

A particular person.

La ville a un certain charme.

The city has a certain kind of charm.

Il est d’un certain âge.

He is of a certain age.

Certains rêves sont bizarres.

Certain dreams are strange.

Certain after the Noun = Sure

Certain” in French can be used to mean “sure” when it is placed AFTER a noun.

You want to highlight that you are sure of something.

  • certain = sure

Je suis certain de trouver un moyen.

I’m sure I will find a way.

Je suis certain qu’il est heureux.

I’m sure that he’s happy.

C’est certain qu’elle est morte.

She’s definitely dead.

Example Sentences on How to use Certain in French

The final section of this lesson on how to use certain French is about seeing the adjective in action.

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

Here you can find the sentences of the previous chapters, neatly stored in one place.

J’ai rencontré un certain M. Smith.

I met a certain Mr Smith.

Il a un certain charme.

He has a certain charm.

Une certaine personne.

A particular person.

La ville a un certain charme.

The city has a certain kind of charm.

Il est d’un certain âge.

He is of a certain age.

Certains rêves sont bizarres.

Certain dreams are strange.

Je suis certain de trouver un moyen.

I’m sure I will find a way.

Je suis certain qu’il est heureux.

I’m sure that he’s happy.

C’est certain qu’elle est morte.

She’s definitely dead.

Quiz Yourself on How to use Certain in French

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and practice them.

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

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!

Anki File for How to use Certain in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French B1 you can practice every French B1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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