Nouns That Switch Meanings

November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is a list of nouns that switch meanings as they switch genders.

 

masculine feminine
un livre – a book une livre – a pound
un manche – a broomstick une manche – a sleeve
un poêle – a stove or furnace une poêle – a frypan
un tour – a tour une tour – a tower
un manoeuvre – an unskilled worker une manoeuvre – a movement or maneuver
un poste – a situation, job, position la poste – the postal service
un mort – a dead person la mort – death
un critique – a critic une critique – a critique or literary criticism
un voile – a veil une voile – a sail
 le physique – the physique la physique – physics
un mémoire – a memoire la mémoire – the memory
le mode – method, mood (grammar) la mode – fashion
un somme – a nap une somme – a sum, amount
le politique – the politician la politique – politics
un vase – a vase la vase – mud
un pendule – a pendulum une pendule – a clock
un vapeur – a steamship la vapeur – steam

and more that came up in class …

un moule – a cake/pie mould                           une moule – a mussel
un oeuvre – a great work / collection of work
une oeuvre – one piece of work

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