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EtymologyEdit

ménage +‎ -er

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /me.na.ʒe/
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AdjectiveEdit

ménager (feminine singular ménagère, masculine plural ménagers, feminine plural ménagères)

  1. household; cleaning
    les tâches ménagères
    the household chores

NounEdit

ménager m (plural ménagers, feminine ménagère)

  1. (rare) househusband
    Synonym: homme au foyer

VerbEdit

ménager

  1. to husband, to conserve
  2. to treat gently, treat nicely
  3. to conserve, go easy on
  4. (reflexive) to go easy, take it easy

ConjugationEdit

This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written ménage- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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