French Language/des vieilles gens



Once again while reading this morning I was confronted with the fact that the French word "gens" takes certain adjectives in the feminine, and once again I was surprised. It then occurred to me that the following sentence that I made up, as strange as it seems, might be correct. Please confirm.

Toutes les vieilles gens assistaient à la réunion, mais ils n’étaient pas tous des gens heureux.


Hi Mike,

Arg... Gens is a very special noun.

Generally "gens" with an adjective is feminine. In France, in my town for instance there is a road named "rue des bonnes gens". Bonnes = feminine.

But There are some exceptions. I suggest you should read this :
It is in French, but you may understand it. If not feel free to ask. You will understand why I am reluctant to give you the detail of the exceptions :)

I hope this helps



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