If you’ve ever learnt any French, you’ll know that some words are male (before which you say “le”) and some are female (before which you say “la”). If you’re like me, you will have looked for some logic to help you decide which is which – and you will have failed.

For words I’m not sure of, I have resorted to guesswork (with a 50:50 chance of being correct), and occasionally an in-betweeny word that sounds a bit like “lar”.

BUT NOT ANY MORE.

Because the other night I learnt something that will help me get it right nine times out of 10. I’ve run it past a few people and it works well enough to call it “a rule”. Now I give it to you to do with as you wish.

HERE IS THE RULE:

If the words ends in an “e”, nine times out of 10, it is female.

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