The bar owner cleans the coffee pot.
French nouns have a gender. For instance, a chair is feminine, and an armchair is masculine. The gender is shown in the article: le, la, un or une. You’ll hear/see the gender in front of each word in all of the FRENCH ETC. lists.
The gender is not always logical – why do you say un livre (a book) and une livre (half a pound)?
For most nouns, you'll have to memorize the gender with every new noun you learn. However, there are a few tricks you can hang onto to spot a gender.
- nouns ending in –ade –aison–ale –ance –ence –ette –ie –ode –ole –sion –té –tée –tion –ude –ure tend to be feminine
- nouns ending in –acle –age –asme –eau –isme –ment –phone –scope and nouns that come from a Foreign language tend to be masculine