French Grammar for Beginners (A2) "Compare objects": Use of comparative forms "plus, aussi / autant, moins ... que ..."
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (C.E.F.R.) define a beginner learner as a "basic user". As a beginner - A2 level - the CEFR specify that a basic user "can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters". He/She "can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need".
As the speaking production skills as concerned, it is said that a basic user "can use some simple structures correctly, but still systematically makes basic mistakes".
This is why this post is dedicated to beginners in French, I give you useful tools to help you compare objects ("comparer des objets").
To compare objects, you have to use comparative forms: "plus, aussi / autant, moins ... que …" in French ("more, as, less … than/as …" in English).
There are four comparatives forms in French: of adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs.
As a beginner, you need to use only two forms: comparatives of adjectives and nouns.
The following grammar rules explain you how to use it:
Please note that:
The adjective changes according to the noun to which it refers:
You must add an "-e" at the end of the feminine form of the noun if the noun is feminine and an "-s" in the plural form if the noun is plural.
2. In the second sentence, a comparative form of noun is used ; the structure is: "Autant
de + Noun + Que".
You must add a "-s" to the name when it is countable.
Now it's your turn to play!
Practice by comparing objects on your daily life using these grammar rules that you can only consult online.
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