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As seen before, verbs are an essential constituent of the sentence, like the cement that connects building blocks. The blocks in question are the nouns. This category can refer to words ranging from very concrete elements, such as people, places and objects, to more abstract ones such as events, ideas or concepts.

Consider the following examples from English: Arthur is listening to his favourite program. Barbara loves art and meditation.

All the underlined elements are nouns but some refer to people or concrete things while others are clearly not so tangible.

This is exactly the same in French. There is, however, a major difference between French nouns and their English counterparts : French nouns have a gender.