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Conjugating French verbs in a workbook or letter is one thing, but remembering individual conjugations when you're speaking is another matter entirely. Here are some tips to help you get better at conjugating French verbs.

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French grammar: De vs Du, De la, Des

Thursday April 24, 2014
The preposition de tends to be very difficult for French students, even at advanced levels. Trying to figure out whether to use de, du, de la, or des can be a real challenge! This lesson explains when to use the preposition de all by itself and when to use the indefinite article, partitive article, or de + definite article (which looks like the partitive - but isn't. Ugh!)
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And the winner is...

Thursday April 24, 2014
Trophée endommagé
Je ne crois pas que ce
trophée soit très tentant.
Over the last month, a few hundred of my faithful readers have voted, and the results are finally in. The winner of the first (and only) LKL's French Grammar Clash is... the subjunctive! Some other grammar points put up a good fight, but—to no one's great surprise—that darned subjective subjunctive subjected everyone to its superior difficulty. Better luck next time, noun gender!

Félicitations, monsieur le subjonctif. Longue vie et prospérité—enfin, si vous y tenez.

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French verb of the week: payer

Thursday April 24, 2014
French verb of the weekSimple verb conjugations, similarly conjugated verbs, and links to related lessons for the French verb payer.

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Mot du jour: jadis

Thursday April 24, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a French word today: jadis.

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