French Tout, Tous, Toute, Toutes – Mini French Lesson


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👉 Scroll down to watch my mini-lesson on this grammar topic and hear some of my tips 👈

For each of the following, fill in the blanks. with the correct form of TOUT, TOUS, TOUTE, or TOUTES. Please refer to my complete lesson if you need to learn the rules that apply to this mini-lesson. Since TOUT can be used in many different ways, there is a lot to learn about this versatile word.


👉 Pendant l’année scolaire, les enfants sont __________ couchés à 21h00.

👉 During the school year, the children are all in bed at 9:00pm.

LA REPONSE:

👉 Pendant l’année scolaire, les enfants sont tous couchés à 21h00.

L’EXPLICATION:

Les enfants are masculine and plural, so we refer to them as TOUS. In this case, TOUS is a pronoun so you must pronounce the S.


👉 Sophie et Cathy travaillent _____ les deux à l’étranger.

👉 Sophie and Cathy both work abroad.

LA REPONSE:

👉 Sophie et Cathy travaillent toutes les deux à l’étranger.

L’EXPLICATION:

TOUT can be used before definite articles to mean ALL, BOTH, WHOLE, ENTIRE. In this case, TOUTE is an adjective and it modifies a plural, feminine subject.


👉 Mon pull préféré est malheureusement _____ usé. 

👉 Unfortunately, my favorite sweater is very worn (all worn out).

LA REPONSE:

👉 Mon pull préféré est malheureusement tout usé. 

L’EXPLICATION:

TOUT is being used as an adverb with a masculine, singular adjective. Even if the masculine adjective is plural you still use TOUT and not TOUS.


👉 Les serpents, les tortues et les alligators font _____ partie de la famille des reptiles.

👉 Snakes, turtles and alligators are all part of the reptile family.

LA REPONSE:

👉 Les serpents, les tortues et les alligators font tous partie de la famille des reptiles.

L’EXPLICATION:

TOUS is used as a pronoun to replace plural and masculine (or mixed group) nouns. Remember to pronounce the S when TOUS is used as a pronoun (when it is placed after the verb).


👉 _______ mes copains seront là ce week-end.

👉 All of my friends will be there this weekend.

LA REPONSE:

👉 Tous mes copains seront là ce week-end.

L’EXPLICATION:

The adjective TOUS is used along with a possessive adjective followed by a plural and masculine or mixed group noun. It means ALL in this sentence, but can also mean WHOLE. When used as an adjective, do NOT pronounce the S.


👉 L’appartement est _____ noir pendant la nuit. 

👉 The apartment is very dark during the night.

LA REPONSE:

👉 L’appartement est tout noir pendant la nuit. 

L’EXPLICATION:

TOUT as an adverb usually means VERY when followed by an adjective. In this case the adjective is masculine and singular. Even if the masculine adjective is plural you still use TOUT and not TOUS.


👉 La classe _______ entière a besoin de faire de la révision avant les examens.

👉 The whole entire class need to review before exams.

LA REPONSE:

👉 La classe tout entière a besoin de faire de la révision avant les examens.

L’EXPLICATION:

The adverb TOUT is used here with an adjective. Since the feminine adjective begins with a vowel, TOUT remains invariable. Exceptions apply when feminine adjectives begin with consonants. Refer to the adverb section in my full lesson.


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