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And the following: Bas, f. basse, low.

Gros,

f. grosse, big ; stout. Gras, f. grasse, fat.

Nul, f. nulle, no. Las, f. lasse, tired.

Gentil, f. gentille, pretty. Spais, f. épaisse, thick. Sot, f. sotte, silly. Exprès, f. expresse, positive. Vieillot, f. vieillotte, oldish. Profès, f. professe, professed. REM. A few adjectives in et do not double the t, viz.:

Complet, f. complète, complete. Secret, f. secrète, secret. Concret, f. concrète, concrete. Inquiet, f. inquiète, uneasy. Discret, f. discrète, discreet. Replet, f. replète, corpulent.

Exc. 5. Five adjectives have three forms, two for the masculine, and one for the feminine:

Beau, bel, f. belle, beautiful ;

handsome; fine. Nouveau, nouvel, f. nouvelle,

Vieux, vieil, f. vieille, old.
Fou, fol, f. folle, foolish.
Mou, mol, f. molle, soft.

new.

Beau, nouveau, vieux, fou, and mou, are used before a consonant; bel, nouvel, vieil, (or vieux), fol, and mol, before a vowel and before a silent h.

Exc. 6. Four adjectives end in che, in the feminiņe:
Blanc, f. blanche, white Sec, f. sèche, dry.
Franc, f. franche, frank. Frais, f. fraîche, fresh.

Exc. 7. The following are peculiarly irregular :
Doux, f. douce, sweet. Tiers, f. tierce, third (part.).
Faux, f. fausse, false.

Long, f. longue, long. Jumeau, f. jumelle, twin. Oblong, f. oblongue, oblong. Préfix, f. préfixe, prefixed. Bénin, f. bénigne, benign. Roux, f. rousse, reddish. Malin, f. maligne, malicious.

Caduc, f. caduque, decrepit. Grec, f. grecque, Greek. Public, f. publique, public. Coi, f. coite, still ; snug. Turc, f. turque, Turkish. Favori, f. favorite, favorite.

Traitre, f. traîtresse, treacherous.

2. PLURAL OF ADJECTIVES.- EXCEPTIONS. (CONTINUED.)

A few adjectives (Less. 5th—4) do not conform to the rules given for the formation of the plural of nouns in Lesson Second.

Bleu, blue, plural masculine : bleus (not bleux).

The following and some other adjectives in al, do not change al into aux, but follow the general rule and take s, as : amical, amicable ; fatal, fatal; final, final; initial, initial, etc.; plural masculine: amicals, fatals, finals, etc.

The masculine forms (Less. 5th.—Exc. 5) bel, nouvel, vieil, fol, and mol, have in the plural, beaux, nouveaux, vieux, fous, mous.

SIXTH LESSON.

COMPARISON OF ADJECTIVES.

1. Adjectives are compared by means of the adverbs, plus, more; moins, less; aussi, as; pas si or pas aussi, not so.

The two terms of a comparison are connected by quo, than, as : Henri est plus grand que Henry is taller than Charles.

Charles.
Louise est moins avancée Louisa is not so far advanced an

Julia.
Paul est aussi studieux que Paul is as studious as Mary.

Marie.
Il n'est pas si attentif.

He is not so attentiva

que Julie.

2. The superlative degree is formed by le plus, le moins Le plus studieux.

The most studious. Le moins avancé.

The least advanced.

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When the adjective in the superlative degree is placed after the noun,* the article is used twice, once before the noun, and once before the comparative adverb. La fille la plus studieuse. The most studious girl.

The noun that limits an adjective in the superlative degree, is preceded by de. L'élève le plus avancé de The most advanced scholar in l'école.

the school.

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3. Some adjectives are irregularly compared, as :
bon, good; meilleur, better; le meilleur, the best.
petit, little ; moindre, less; le moindre, the least.
mauvais, bad; pire, worse;

le pire, the worst.
The regular forms of petit, small; and mauvais, bad ;
that is plus petit, le plus petit, and plus mauvais, le
plus mauvais, are also used.

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. In French, the adjective is generally placed after the noun.

Vocabulary 6.
La ville, the city; the town. Dernier; dernière, last.
La classe, the class.

Ce matin, this morning.
Un élève, a scholar; a pu. Aujourd'hui, to-day.
pil (m.).

Souvent, often. Une élève, a scholar ; & pu- Toujours, always. pil (f.).

Encore,* still. Âgé, old ; aged.

Plus (ne),* no longer; no more, Appliqué, attentive; sedu.

Oui, yes. lous.

Non, no. Avancé, advanced.

Que (qu'), than; as Fatigué, fatigued; tired.

Jean, John. Content, contented ; satisfied. Pierre, Peter. Premier; première, first. Élise, Eliza.

REM. The feminine form of the adjective is given in the vocabularies only when it does not conform to any of the rules contained in Lesson Fifth.

Exercise 6. 1. Je suis plus grand que Charles. 2. Oui, Paul, mais tu es aussi plus âgé que Charles. 3. Guillaume est le plus grand des enfants du maître. 4. Il est le plus avancé de l'école. 5. Julie, vous êtes moins avancée qu'

Élise. 6. Élise est la meilleure élève de la classe. . Les bons élèves sont toujours les premiers à l'école. 8. Nous ne sommes pas les premiers ce matin. 9. Non, vous êtes les derniers aujourd'hui. 10. Nous ne sommes pas souvent les derniers. 11. Pierre est aussi appliqué qu'Alexis. 12. Henriette, vous n'êtes pas si attentive que Marie. 13. Êtes-vous encore malade ? 14. Non, je ne suis plus malade, mais je

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Ancore, still, and plus (ne), no longer, are adverbs of time. Plus requires ne before the verb; it is the responsive negative to encore: Est-il encore ici ? Is he still børe ? Il n'est plus ici. He is not (or be is no longer bere).

suis fatiguée. 15. L'oncle d'Élise est l'homme le plus riche de la ville. 16. Nous ne sommes pas riches, mais nous sommes contents.

Theme 6. 1. I am younger than Paul. 2. Yes, Charles, but you are also less far (moins) advanced. 3. Paul is the best scholar in the school. 4. Louisa is as tall as Henrietta. 5. She is not so old as Henrietta. 6. Julia, you are not very attentive this morning. 7. You are no longer sick? 8. No, but I am still tired. 9. Eliza is a good scholar. 10. She is the most advanced scholar (the scholar the most advanced) of the class. 11. Peter is less studious and less attentive than William. 12. We are contented, but we are not so rich as the uncle of Julius. 13. Julia is the first of the class to-day. 14. She is always the first. 15. Yes, Mary, and you are often the last.

SEVENTH LESSON.

LIMITING ADJECTIVES. - POSSESSIVE. 1. Limiting adjectives are of four kinds : possessive, do monstrative, numeral, and indefinite.

The possessive adjectives are :

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Mon Ton Son Notre Votre Lour

mes, tes, ses, nos, Vos, leurs,

our.

notre votre laur

your. their,

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