Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon
Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon

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Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon

2.9.3 Understanding notices

Activité 47

un sac à dos rucksack
accéder à to enter
une poussette a pushchair

Look at this notice inside the museum. Note which of the items in the table below are permitted and which are forbidden.

Lisez la notice et notez les actions autorisées et interdites.

Autorisé Interdit
Photos avec flash
Manger dans les salles du musée
Sacs à dos
Toucher aux oeuvres exposées


Autorisé Interdit
Photos avec flash
Manger dans les salles du musée
Sacs à dos
Toucher aux œuvres exposées

Activité 48

courir to run

Create notices for display in a library by choosing from the forbidden or tolerated behaviours below.

Composez des affiches.

Autorisé Interdit
ll est permis de… ll est interdit de…


This is what you might have written. Don't forget to change the de into d′ in front of a vowel sound and, when speaking, to pronounce it as one word.


Dans la bibliothèque

ll est permis:

  • de laisser les journaux sur les tables

  • d'utiliser l'ordinateur

  • d'utiliser la photocopieuse

Il est interdit:

  • d'utiliser un téléphone portable

  • de prendre des photos

  • d'emporter les dictionnaires

  • de courir

  • de manger et boire

  • de fumer

Understanding what is not allowed

For the sake of brevity, public notices often show the adjective interdit following a noun referring to the forbidden activity.

Passage interdit no way in
Sortie interdite no exit
Photos interdites no photos
Stationnement interdit no parking
Téléphones portables interdits no mobile phones

Note that the ending of interdit agrees with the gender and number of the accompanying noun. Notice how with plural nouns we add ‘es’ for feminine plural and ‘s’ for masculine plural to interdit.

Sometimes you will see the adjective accepté (dollars acceptés). This too agrees with the noun that precedes it.

Activité 49

Using the word interdit write some notices to display in a theatre for what is not allowed. Use your dictionary to find the vocabulary you need.

Écrivez des notices pour un théâtre.


Some notices you might have written:

  • Photos interdites

  • Entrée interdite

  • Sortie interdite

  • Jeans interdits

  • Shorts interdits

  • Boissons interdites

  • Téléphones portables interdits


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