Patte, Pâte, or Pâtes in French?

Today we focus on 3 common homophones. Or almost homophones, since the pronunciation of the 2 last ones changes slightly!


Don't forget to learn the gender of nouns when you learn French vocabulary.

=> F. for feminine nouns - M. for masculine nouns



La patte 🐾


La patte in French is the word used to talk about our cute little animals paws, or even big animals, it doesn't really matter, they are all cute, aren't they?


Let's look at the pronunciation:

La patte Paw /pat/ (F.)


=> The letter A is pronounced like a regular A in this case, the same that you learn when learning the alphabet.

La pâte 🍪


La pâte in French refers to the dough, it can be any dough, for a pie, for cookies, for cupcakes, anything.


Let's look at the pronunciation:

La pâte Dough /pat/ (F.)


=> The letter  (with accent circonflexe) is pronounced longer than the regular A, It also sounds softer than the short A in PATTE.



Les pâtes 🍝


Les pâtes, one of my favourite meals! Les pâtes in French mean Pasta. You probably noticed that in this case the word is plural and this is where the difference is with pâte (dough). La pâte il always singular, while les pâtes is always plural.


Let's look at the pronunciation:

Les pâtes Pasta /pat/ (F.Pl)


=> The letter  (with accent circonflexe) is pronounced longer than the regular A, It also sounds softer than the short A in PATTE. But besides the article, the pronunciation is exactly the same as La pâte.


So here you have it, in one minute you learned something new in French. If you want to learn the pronunciation, check out the video below.





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