When to use nouveau and neuf?

(Mandy Davies) #1

I’m sure there is a very simple explanation for this. I never really know when to use neuf and when to use nouveau.

Any help gratefully received.

(David Martin) #2

What about nouvel, nouvelle and nouveaux?

(David Martin) #3

(Véronique Langlands) #4

You can think of it as neuf= never yet used, brand new.
Nouveau = unprecedented, if you like. New to you.
Il a une nouvelle moto. Elle est neuve? Non, d’occasion.

Propre comme un sou neuf - clean as a newly-minted coin.
Le nouvel an - we haven’t had it before.

(David Martin) #5

Elle a un nouveau vélo. Le vélo, il est neuf.

(Mandy Davies) #6

Very useful David, thanks.

(Mandy Davies) #7

Thanks for that Vero.

(Graham Lees) #8

We built a maison neuf but we bought une nouvelle voiture d’occasion (ie second hand)