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Neuf vs nouveau

Patrick K.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Neuf vs nouveau

My new school bag is blue and yellow

I answered: Mon cartable neuf est bleu et jaune

Kwiziq wanted: Mon nouveau cartable est bleu et jaune

I took the phrase to mean that the bag was brand new, so I used "neuf". Is the phrase ambiguous or am I missing something?

Thanks!

Asked 7 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Patrick,

In this instance, as the exercise is an A1 level, we would have made sure to add "brand new" if we'd been looking for the adjective "neuf" so as to avoid this exact ambiguity.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

You only use neuf when you really want to stress that it’s brand new. Otherwise (even when it is brand new and there’s no need to capitalize on that fact)  you use nouveau

Neuf vs nouveau

My new school bag is blue and yellow

I answered: Mon cartable neuf est bleu et jaune

Kwiziq wanted: Mon nouveau cartable est bleu et jaune

I took the phrase to mean that the bag was brand new, so I used "neuf". Is the phrase ambiguous or am I missing something?

Thanks!

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